By Harry Allison

The Phillies have been trying to trade closer Jonathan Papelbon, his big mouth and his massive contract for so long that even respected national media members are running out of ways to describe the situation.

Take ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, who says he’s “getting no sense the Phillies have any traction” on a Papelbon trade.

Really? That’s what passes for an apt comparison:

Comparing trading the pain in the ass closer to a Ford F-150 in a snowstorm?

Maybe that is appropriate because the way awful general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. conducts business he might wind up settling for a pick-up truck instead of some prospects who could help the Phils in the future!

Why? Because, according to Crasnick, Papelbon’s $13 million vesting option for 2016 “remains a sticking point” for teams due to the Phillies apparently still refusing to cover it.

Papelbon has made it clear that he wants to be traded and this is the final guaranteed season of his contract, but based on games finished there’s a good chance the $13 million option would trigger for next season. And while he’s pitching at a very high level right now with a 1.72 ERA most teams are still not keen on having him on the books for that much.

And who negotiated that $13 million vesting option:

None other than Amaro, the Stanford grad who can’t negotiate his way out of a paper bag!

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