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Jonathan Papelbon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/23/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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The Brewers and Phillies haven't talked about a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade in two days, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"It doesn’t appear there’s any momentum to it right now," said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. "It could be revived later, I guess, but right now there’s nothing happening. "Whatever traction there was seems to have dissipated." Haudricourt said the main issues remain Papelbon's no-trade clause and a vesting $13 million option in 2016, part of which the Brewers would ask the Phillies to pick up. At this point, someone will have to give some ground to make a deal work. Jan 24 - 6:56 PM

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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a Jonathan Papelbon deal to the Brewers is "on life support, at best."

That's quite a change from Friday, when the deal was said to be basically complete. The hangup seems to be money, as the two sides hadn't agreed on how much money the Phillies would pick up in a potential deal. If the Brewers don't deal for Papelbon, it's unclear if he'll be changing addresses this offseason.
Jan 24 - 6:25 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the "last remaining obstacle" to a trade sending Jonathan Papelbon to the Brewers is deciding how much money from the reliever's $13 million 2016 option the Phillies would pick up.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal indicated earlier Friday that a deal wasn't close, but based on Stark's report it appears it could be coming together quickly. Papelbon would need to waive his no-trade clause in order to be shipped to Milwaukee, but Stark says that won't be an issue. Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games, but the reliever would want the option picked up in order to agree to a trade.
Jan 23 - 9:55 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that, in order to waive his no-trade clause, Jonathan Papelbon would likely require a team on his no-trade list to guarantee his $13 million option for 2016.

The option would vest with 48 games finished -- a number Papelbon has reached in every one of his full seasons -- but having it guaranteed would protect him should he get injured. Rosenthal says the Blue Jays' interest in the closer is "very limited," so at this point it sounds like he'll either be traded to the Brewers or stay put. Papelbon has not yet been asked to waive his no-trade clause, so it doesn't appear a deal is close yet.
Jan 23 - 9:09 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that, in addition to the Brewers, the Blue Jays have also inquired on Jonathan Papelbon.

Rosenthal notes that both clubs are on the reliever's no-trade list and he has yet to agree to waive the clause for either team. While Rosenthal agrees with Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan (who was first to report the Papelbon/Milwaukee news) that talks between the Phillies and Brewers have picked up in recent weeks, he says a deal is "not close" to going down at this point. Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016.
Jan 23 - 8:37 AM

According to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, the Brewers and Phillies are having serious talks about Jonathan Papelbon.

It's really hard to see why the Brewers would go after Papelbon when Francisco Rodriguez is still sitting out there in free agency. Perhaps the Phillies would pay down Papelbon's $13 million salary to a comparable level to what Rodriguez will get, but if that's the case, they'd probably want solid prospects in return. It'd be a lot easier for the Brewers to just re-sign the guy who saved 44 games last year or, if he's being too stubborn, move on to fellow free agent Rafael Soriano. If the Phillies trade Papelbon, they could sign one of the veteran closers as a stopgap. Everyone would love to see Ken Giles get the job, but considering the arbitration salaries of closers, it could be considerably cheaper for the Phillies in the long run if they spend a few million to keep him in a setup role this year.
Jan 23 - 2:20 AM

Jonathan Papelbon worked around a one-out double to save his 39th game of the season in Friday's win against the Braves.

It's the 325th save of the veteran's career. Papelbon at the end of another terrific -- though at times controversial -- season, having gone 39-for-43 in save opportunities with a 2.04 ERA.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:50:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon closed the book on the Marlins in the ninth inning of Wednesday's victory, earning his 38th save of the season.

It was Papelbon's first appearance after having served his seven-game suspension for making a rude gesture to a booing Philadelphia crowd. He picked up where he left off, saving games with ease. With the season near its completion, Papelbon is 38-for-42 in save chances with a 2.07 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and a 62/15 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon has been activated from suspension.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters that he will use Papelbon if a save situation arises on Tuesday night. Papelbon was suspended seven games for appearing to grab his crotch toward the fans in Philadelphia on September 14. He then got into a physical altercation with umpire Joe West.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 04:32:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for his actions following Sunday's appearance.

Papelbon was ejected by umpire Joe West after grabbing his crotch on his way to the Phillies' dugout. The reliever will not appeal, so his suspension begins Monday. Ken Giles will be in line for saves over the next week.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 09:03:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon had a major meltdown in the ninth inning Sunday, allowing four runs for a blown save and taking the loss against the Marlins.

Papelbon entered with a three-run lead, but the Marlins came up with four hits and a walk to tie the score before Papelbon could record the second out. A wild pitch, indicative of the kind of day Papelbon had, ended up bringing in the winning run. The blown save was his fourth of the year and his first since July 22. Despite the ugly outing, it has still been a very good year for the 33-year-old.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 05:14:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon worked around a lead-off single in the ninth inning to wrap up his 36th save of the season in a win against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Gregory Polanco reached on an infield single, and the Pirates gave up an out to bunt him over to second base. A ground out and a strikeout later, however, ended the Pirates' threat. Papelbon has now converted 13 consecutive saves and is 36-for-39 overall with a 1.61 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and a 58/14 K/BB ratio.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:10:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon earned his 33rd save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning as the Phillies topped the Nationals on Tuesday.

Papelbon has notched the save in 10 consecutive attempts dating back to July 23. Despite pre-season concerns about his declining velocity and strikeout rate, the right-hander has been getting the job done with regularity all season long. He has 33 saves in 36 opportunities with a 1.60 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, and a 54/13 K/BB ratio.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 09:48:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon, making only his second appearance in the last nine days, worked around a one-out single in the ninth to pick up his 29th save as the Phillies defeated the Mariners on Monday.

The Phillies entered Monday's contest having lost five of their last six games, so Papelbon hasn't been needed very often. Despite the lack of work, Papelbon remains one of baseball's best closers, having notched a save in 29 of 32 opportunities with a 1.58 ERA and a 47/13 K/BB ratio.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 10:03:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon enjoyed a perfect ninth inning to pick up save number 27 in Thursday's win over the Astros.

Ryan Howard gave the Phillies the lead with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, which sent Papelbon scrambling to his feet to begin warming up. The Astros were no match for the veteran closer. Papelbon's strong season continues, as he has converted 27 of 30 possible saves with a 1.68 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 46/13 K/BB ratio.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 10:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
3Cameron Rupp
4Rene Garcia
5Koyie Hill
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
3Russ Canzler
4Chris McGuiness
2B1Chase Utley
2Cord Phelps
3Andres Blanco
4Odubel Herrera
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Cody Asche
2Maikel Franco
3Cesar Hernandez
4Chris Nelson
LF1Grady Sizemore
2Jordan Danks
3Xavier Paul
CF1Ben Revere
2Darin Mastroianni
3Brian Bogusevic
RF1Domonic Brown
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Cliff Lee
3David Buchanan
4Jerome Williams
5Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Jake Diekman
3Ken Giles
4Mario Hollands
5Justin De Fratus
6Cesar Jimenez
7Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
8Luis Garcia
9Elvis Araujo
10Nefi Ogando
11Andy Oliver
12Paul Clemens
13Jeanmar Gomez
14Kevin Slowey