Papelbon, 33, is having another great season for the Phillies. Through 371⁄3 innings, he has a 1.32 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 22 saves in 24 chances. He also has a career 2.33 ERA, 308 saves and won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2007.
The question is however, if the Papelbon to Detroit scenario were to play out, what would it cost the Tigers?
“Knebel has a mid-90s fastball with a hard curveball and occasional changeup; Ziomek throws in the low 90s with an above-average changeup and solid slider. This would be fair value based on where both teams are going,” Bowden writes.
The next question is, likelihood the deal goes down? Not, writes Bowden.
To further lessen the chances of seeing Papelbon in a Tigers uniform, the Phillies closer has a rather large contract for a relief pitcher. Papelbon is signed through 2015 with a vesting option for 2016 at $13 million per season. By comparison, Tigers closer Joe Nathan is making $10 million per season through 2015.
The Tigers rank 26th among 30 MLB teams in bullpen ERA at 4.26.