It’s admittedly a bit tough to see Jonathan Papelbon‘s name on the roster. The man is a fine relief pitcher, and has turned in two good seasons for the Phillies.
But the elephant in the room that won’t leave until it expires is the massive burden of a contract Papelbon was signed to prior to the 2012 season.
- 2012: $11,000,058
- 2013: $13,000,000
- 2014: $13,000,000
- 2015: $13,000,000
- 2016: $13,000,000 vesting option, guaranteed at 55 GF in ’15 or 100 GF in ’14-’15
That doesn’t even mention the draft pick forfeiture and every other bit of the old story you’re tired of hearing by now. The contract isn’t his fault – save for the $58 appendage in 2012 that looks more obnoxious by the day – but it’s an important thing to keep in mind as his season is judged: if you’re going to be paid like a top-three reliever, you’d better perform like one.