Chicago fell into a tie with the Giants for the second National League Wild Card spot. They could have used that victory.
The Cubs, who are closing by committee, could have used somebody like Papelbon, although if they have any interest in him, it is minimal.
"I don't need to make a sales pitch," Papelbon said. "I asked about their families. There was nothing like, 'Hey, what do you have going on here? Come get me.' Nothing like that. Those are guys that will be baseball friends forever. I'm not going to go over there and beg and make a sales pitch to them. They know me.
"I'm just going out there to compete. There's not much else on my mind. How many more days to the Deadline?"
It's next Friday.
"We've got a week," Papelbon said. "I'm a robot, you know what I mean? I just do my job."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.