In the days since, reports surfaced that a deal with either team is unlikely. But that has not stopped them from continuing to talk about Papelbon.
Both Milwaukee and Toronto need a closer, and Papelbon would fill that void, but there are serious sticking points.
First, Papelbon will make $13 million this season. He also has a $13 million club option for 2016 that automatically vests if he finishes at least 48 games this season. Philadelphia will most certainly have to eat some of that salary to make a deal happen.
Second, Papelbon has limited no-trade rights, and he might require a team to pick up his 2016 option before he waives his rights, although he said in July his no-trade rights would not be an issue.
Third, the Phillies want something of value in return if they agree to eat a bunch of salary. Can they get what they want?
Papelbon went 2-3 with a 2.04 ERA and 39 saves in 43 opportunities last season. His 90.7 save-completion percentage ranked sixth out of 29 qualifying closers in baseball. Papelbon's 0.90 WHIP ranked 19th out of 185 qualifying relief pitchers.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.