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Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon hits 93 mph on the radar gun after averaging just above 91 mph last season. (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: Due to Papelbon finding some more speed on his fastball, it could greatly improve his already stellar results. Papelbon should be taken in all league forms.

 

The Milwaukee Brewers appeared to have interest in Phillies' closer Jonathan Papelbon, but talks hit a snag late last month. With the Brewers signing Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year contract, a trade for Papelbon will have to be with another team. That team may be the Toronto Blue Jays, who have also been talking to the Phillies about Papelbon. It appears Papelbon would welcome a trade should Ruben Amaro Jr. be able to get a deal in place. (Source: CSNPhilly.com)

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon had a record of 2-3 with 39 saves and a 2.04 ERA last season with the Phillies. Should he be traded to the Blue Jays or another contender, expect that save total to be even higher. In any event, the 34-year old should still be one of the top fantasy closers in 2015.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.