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Dodgers make good fit for Jonathan Papelbon

All this would be contingent on Papelbon waiving his no-trade clause.

Ruben Amaro would like to avoid contracts like that of Jonathan Papelbon's going forward. Credit: Getty Images Ruben Amaro would like to avoid contracts like that of Jonathan Papelbon's going forward. Credit: Getty Images

The Dodgers have a lot of money to spend, are in the heat of a playoff race, and need some bullpen help.

So it comes as no surprise that ESPN is reporting they have interest in Jonathan Papelbon, the Phillies' outspoken closer who wants a trade to a contender.

However, he might have to accept a role switch, working as L.A.'s setup man in place of struggling Brian Wilson.

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The Dodgers haveKenley Jansen as their closer.

Papelbon's contract of four-years $50 million still has some meat on it, but Los Angeles could be willing to take on mot of the deal. They also have a bevy of prospects to entice the Phillies into making a deal.

All this would be contingent on Papelbon waiving his no-trade clause. He has been pitching fantastically in Philadelphia, having allowed justfive earned runs and 23 hits so far. He has struck out 33, has just nine walks in 38 games for the Phillies.

In his stead, the Phillies could call on Ken Giles, already performing admirably as a rooking in a setup role, to close games and "audition" to be the team's closer of the future.

 
 
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