(The Chirp) -- Are the St. Louis Cardinals interested in Philliescloser Jonathan Papelbon?A published report Mondayby Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Cardinals are among three teams that have some interest. The others being the Red Sox and the Tigers.
But Aaron GleemanofNBC Sports' Hardball Talk writes that PhilliesGeneral Manager Ruben Amaro Jr., insistedjust a few days ago thatthe Phillies have"no plans totrade any significant pieces, including Papelbon.
Despite Amaro's comments , Cafardo reports "it's no secret the Phillies are scouting those teams with Papelbon in mind."
Papelbon has been a great thisseason, with a 1.46 ERA and 23/3 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. He's under contract for $13 million in 2014 and $13 million in 2015-with a $13 million vesting option for 2016 that could easily be achieved. He would be an expensive part to add to any team.
Around our office here at KSDK, Papelpon's name has never come up, and with Edward Mujica pitching at an All Star level right now, it's hard to imagine the Cardinals, with their depth, giving up the type of prospects the Phillies would want, even if they were interested in trading Papelbon, which they say they're not.
Regardless, the report is out there and we thought you should know.