Jonathan Papelbon wants out of Philadelphia.
The Phillies' closer told the media during Monday's All-Star press conference that it's time for the team "to s**t or get off the pot," in regards to a trade.
Papelbon, a six-time All-Star, has made it known that he wants to be traded to a competitive team this season.
"The front office knows where my heart is and where my mind is. And that’s to be with a contending ball club. The ball is in their court, so to speak," Papelbon told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com last week. "I think everybody knows where I’m at. I’ve always been straightforward that I want to go play for a contender and I’m not going to shy away from it. I feel like that’s my right and my prerogative to have that opportunity and, you know, it’s in their hands."
The Phillies have the worst record in the MLB, sitting at 29-62 going into the All-Star break.
With Papelbon presumably on the market, the Toronto Blue Jays could be in search for another bullpen arm.
Brett Cecil began the year as the Jays' closer, but has struggled posting a 2-4 record with a 4.66 ERA and five saves. He lost the closer's role in late June and Toronto has filled the vacant spot by committee with Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna each picking up four saves.
The 34-year-old Papelbon has a 1-1 record this season with a 1.60 ERA and 14 saves for the lowly Phillies. He won a World Series as a member of the Boston Red Sox in 2007.