Pap - Phillies should emulate Sox

Conor Frederick
Contributing Writer

Jonathan Papelbon was around for the epic collapse of 2011, and now he's experiencing something similar to what we felt last year, just one year later and with a different team. His current team, the Philadelphia Phillies are currently 7 games under .500 and 10 1/2 games off the pace in the NL East according to NESN and Pap is now saying the Phillies should emulate the Red Sox in their rebuilding strategy. He's got a point there, as the Sox sit in 1st place, a half game above the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East race. According to NESN, the Phillies could emulate the Red Sox and Pap might be right in the thick of another team's rebuilding, as the Phillies said they are open to trading Pap.

Through the end of 2011 and the 2012 season, the Red Sox cleaned house - that included getting rid of Pap, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez and bringing in a number of fresh faces that were proven dugout leaders. The results of those moves are pretty clear (cough 1st place cough). Not to mention a renewed focus on youth, with the emergence of guys like Jose Iglesias, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts, to name a few guys. Maybe the Phillies will take Papelbon's advice, but Pap has made it clear that he doesn't want to be part of a losing team, according to NESN. Who know's? Maybe we get a deal in bringing him back, but that's not likely to happen.

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