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Jonathan Papelbon | Relief Pitcher | #58

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/23/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Mississippi State
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 4 (0) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals to convert his eighth save of the season.
Asked to hold a one-run lead, Papelbon issued a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Kolten Wong, but he induced a double play from Brandon Moss before getting Matt Carpenter to ground out to end it. The veteran closer owns a 2.61 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings so far this season. He should find himself among the league leaders in saves on this club. Apr 30 - 12:16 AM

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Jonathan Papelbon bounced back on Wednesday from a blown save, working around a two-out single to lock down his sixth save of the season.

Papelbon gave up a two-out single to Christian Yelich in the ninth inning, which breathed momentary life into Marlins fans as Giancarlo Stanton stepped to the plate as the tying run. Papelbon benefited from a questionable called third strike to retire Stanton and secure the save. The veteran closer should have a long leash this year and is a good bet to save 30-plus games for the Nationals.
Apr 20 - 10:14 PM

Jonathan Papelbon blew the save Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Phillies.

Washington went up in the top of the 10th inning on a Bryce Harper solo home run, but Papelbon was unable to make that stick. He gave up a one-out double to Peter Bourjos, a two-out RBI single to Andres Blanco, and then a walkoff RBI double to Freddy Galvis. Much to the delight of the Citizens Bank Park crowd.
Apr 17 - 5:21 PM

Jonathan Papelbon locked down his fifth save of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Papelbon surrendered a one-out single, but promptly induced a game-ending double play off the bat of Erick Aybar to snuff out the threat. He already has five saves and on the year with a 1.80 ERA and should continue to get ample opportunities, as he's on one of the better clubs in the National League.
Apr 13 - 9:47 PM

Jonathan Papelbon converted his fourth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Braves.

The Braves hit a couple balls hard off the closer, but he managed to escape unscathed and preserve the two-run victory. Papelbon has closed out each of the Nationals' four wins so far and has given up just one run over four innings of work.
Apr 11 - 10:34 PM

Jonathan Papelbon picked up his third save of the season despite allowing a run to the Marlins in Sunday's 4-2 win.

Papelbon surrendered his first run of the season when Christian Yelich notched a solo home run off the veteran closer with one out in the ninth inning. He also surrendered a two-out single to Martin Prado to bring the tying run to the plate, but managed to induce a Derek Dietrich groundout to end the proceedings. He might not be the same fire-breathing terror in the ninth inning that he was with the Red Sox several years ago, but Papelbon still makes for a serviceable fantasy option.
Apr 10 - 5:01 PM

Jonathan Papelbon recorded his first save of the season with a clean 10th inning in Monday's win over the Braves.

Papelbon had a drama-free bottom of the 10th after the Nationals took the lead in the top of the frame, getting a lazy flyout, strikeout and groundout. His velocity remains unimpressive in the low-90s, but Papelbon hits his spots and he should be a perfectly fine fantasy closer this season.
Apr 4 - 8:04 PM

Jonathan Papelbon rebounded from an ugly outing Friday to throw a perfect ninth Monday against the Astros.

He struck out two. Papelbon walked three and allowed four runs his previous time out.
Mar 14 - 4:30 PM

Jonathan Papelbon walked three and allowed four runs -- three earned -- in two-thirds of an inning Friday against the Mets.

Oddly enough, Papelbon was working the ninth again in this one. He did in his spring debut Monday, as well, earning a save then. Today, he came into a 9-1 game and couldn't find the strike zone. It's curious usage for a veteran closer; most such pitchers are working in the fourth or fifth innings of games at this point of the spring. Maybe Papelbon asked to work the ninth or perhaps it's just a Dusty Baker thing. Either way, it certainly didn't go as hoped today.
Mar 11 - 4:54 PM

Jonathan Papelbon notched a save Monday with a perfect ninth in his spring debut.

It's Papelbon's first ever spring training save, believe it or not. Of course, that's because closers work earlier in games during the spring, allowing them to throw to the team's starting catcher and face a better caliber of hitters than what's typically in there at the end of games.
Mar 7 - 4:34 PM

Jonathan Papelbon is back in Nationals camp.

The veteran reliever was excused over the weekend to deal with a private family matter. He is scheduled to pitch in Monday's Grapefruit League game against Miami.
Mar 7 - 8:48 AM

Jonathan Papelbon left the team to deal with a "family emergency."

The Nationals expect him back on Sunday. Papelbon was productive in 2015 (2.13 ERA in 59 appearances) but he's probably not a fan favorite after choking Bryce Harper late last season. The 35-year-old is 11th on the all-time saves list (349).
Mar 5 - 5:38 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Jonathan Papelbon has updated his no-trade list for the 2016 season.

He now cannot be dealt to the Diamondbacks, Braves, Orioles, Reds, Rockies, White Sox, Astros, Royals, Dodgers, Marlins, Brewers, Twins, A's, Pirates, Mariners, Rangers or Blue Jays without his permission. The one change from Papelbon's previous list involves the Yankees, as he had been able to block a deal there but now cannot. It does not necessarily mean, however, that the Yanks have interest in the reliever. Papelbon still seems unlikely to be traded anywhere.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 03:49:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon's grievance hearing against the Nationals will likely take place next spring.

Papelbon and the MLBPA filed a grievance against the Nationals two days after the veteran reliever was suspended without pay for choking eventual NL MVP Bryce Harper during a late-September dugout scuffle. Papelbon is due $11 million from Washington in 2016. If he wasn't owed that kind of money, he probably already would have been released.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 02:45:00 PM

Rob Bradford of reports that Jonathan Papelbon has filed a grievance against the Nationals for failing to pay his salary during his season-ending four-game suspension.

The veteran right-hander was suspended by the club for the final four games after engaging in a physical altercation on the bench with teammate Bryce Harper. It's difficult to envision Papelbon closing games for the Nats in 2015, but finding a trading partner willing to take him on could also prove to be challenging.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 11:06:00 PM

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