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By Kerry Kauffman, Phillies Correspondent, Mon, Jan 26th 11:02am EST

Last week the Brewers appeared to have great interest in closer Jonathan Papelbon, but the Phillies and Brewers have not talked about Papelbon in the last two days. While something could happen down the road, Papelbon's no-trade clause appears to be the big issue preventing a deal. (Source: Rotoworld.com)

Fantasy Impact: Unless one side or the other budges on their stance, a deal likely wont happen. Should Papelbon remain in Philadelphia, he will likely be the closer again this season. There is no secret that the Phillies want Ken Giles to be the closer down the road, as soon as this season, should Papelbon be moved. In any event, Papelbon remains one of the top closers in baseball and will be grabbed in any fantasy league.

By Kerry Kauffman, Phillies Correspondent, Fri, Jan 23rd 7:45pm EST

In the midst of a rebuilding process, the Philadelphia Phillies have already traded Jimmy Rolling, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo. Now it appears the Milwaukee Brewers have been talking to the Phillies about acquiring Jonathan Papelbon. The problem is that the Brewers are one of 17 teams to which Papelbon could block a trade. Papelbon could approve a deal, but he'd require his $13 million option for 2016 to be guaranteed. (Source: CSNPhilly.com)

Fantasy Impact: Should Papelbon be traded to the Brewers or any of the 12 teams to which he'd accept a trade, Ken Giles would likely become the closer for the Phiillies. Giles was 3-1 with a 1.18 ERA last season with 64 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 45 2/3 innings. Papelbon would likely have more save opportunities should be he traded to a contender and is still among the top closers in the game. Both Papelbon and Giles should be significant fantasy contributors this season.

By Ryan Devine, Phillies Correspondent, Wed, Dec 24th 11:55am EST

According to a tweet from Jon Heyman at CBS Sports, the Toronto Blue Jays are actively seeking out a new closer through the trade market. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Phillies have been actively shopping Jonathan Papelbon since last winter but, due to his above market contract, have been unable to find a suitor. The Blue Jays entering the market could finally help settle Papelbon's future, with a move to Toronto likely offering more save situations than Philadelphia. If a move gets done, Papelbon's value should increase.

Jonathan Papelbon News & Advice

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Rotoworld | Jan 28th, 6:49pm
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gets the impression that the Brewers would like to pull off a trade with the Phillies for closer Jonathan Papelbon.
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Rotoworld | Jan 27th, 10:59pm
According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, the Brewers and Blue Jays are still discussing a Jonathan Papelbon trade.
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MLB.com | Jan 27th, 10:28pm
Talks between the Phillies, Blue Jays and Brewers regarding a Jonathan Papelbon trade continue, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear.
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MLB.com | Jan 25th, 3:26am
Trade talks between the Phillies and Brewers regarding closer Jonathan Papelbon have "dissipated," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday.
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Rotoworld | Jan 24th, 11:56pm
The Brewers and Phillies haven't talked about a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade in two days, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.