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Jonathan Papelbon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/23/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 227
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Mississippi State
Contract: view contract details

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ESPN's Jayson Stark has been told by three teams that the Nationals are looking to trade both Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen.
Most assumed one of them would go, with Storen probably the most likely. However, it appears that the Nats are aiming to really remake their bullpen, with Stark saying they're targeting Aroldis Chapman, Darren O'Day and others. Papelbon and Storen were reportedly pursued by the Tigers before they traded for Francisco Rodriguez. Nov 23 - 5:30 PM

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that before acquiring Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers, the Tigers discussed Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen with the Nationals.

Ultimately, it appears that the asking price on either of the Nats relievers were too high for new general manager Al Avila's liking. The Tigers still need several quality relievers to round out their bullpen, but it appears as though they'll be shopping in the mid-range market rather that the elite options.
Source: FOX Sports
Nov 22 - 7:56 PM

Nationals suspended RHP Jonathan Papelbon four games without pay for "unacceptable behavior."

Papelbon put teammate and NL MVP favorite Bryce Harper into a chokehold in the Nationals dugout on Sunday afternoon. The veteran closer first has to serve a three-game suspension for throwing at Manny Machado, so his 2015 season is now officially over with the additional four games tacked on. Papelbon is due $11 million from the Nationals in 2016.
Sep 28 - 1:40 PM

Jonathan Papelbon has dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension and will begin serving it immediately.

Papelbon was given the three-game sentence by Major League Baseball for throwing at Manny Machado last week. Papelbon was also spotted choking teammate Bryce Harper in the Nationals' dugout on Sunday and could be facing some internal punishment from that incident. He might not get another save opportunity this year.
Sep 28 - 1:17 PM

Jonathan Papelbon admitted that he was "in the wrong" after his scuffle with teammate Bryce Harper in the dugout during Sunday's loss to the Braves.

Papelbon was jawing at Harper for not hustling to first base on a pop out, and the two continued to have words as Harper returned to the dugout. The confrontation then escalated as Papelbon attacked Harper in the dugout and tried to choke him, with teammates having to intervene and restrain both parties. Inexcusably, Nationals manager Matt Williams then let Papelbon take the hill again in the ninth inning, where he allowed five of the eight runs that the Phillies would score in the frame before he was lifted.
Sep 27 - 5:30 PM

Jonathan Papelbon forked over five runs (two earned) in the ninth inning, taking a loss against the Phillies on Sunday.

Papelbon was shown fighting with teammate Bryce Harper in the dugout prior to the inning, which likely had some influence over his shaky performance. Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon also committed errors, adding to the disaster eight-run ninth inning. Papelbon allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out one. Overall this season, including his time with the Phillies, he is 4-3 and 24-for-26 in save situations with a 2.13 ERA and a 56/12 K/BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings.
Sep 27 - 4:50 PM

Major League Baseball has suspended Jonathan Papelbon three games for hitting Manny Machado intentionally with a pitch.

Papelbon threw up and in on Machado earlier in the at-bat before then plunking him. His intent was obvious, as it came after he thought Machado admired his home run off of Max Scherzer earlier in the game. Papelbon has appealed the suspension, so he'll be available to pitch Friday.
Sep 25 - 1:19 PM

Jonathan Papelbon was ejected Wednesday after hitting Manny Machado with a pitch.

Papelbon buzzed the tower with a pitch earlier in the at-bat before plunking Machado and getting tossed. He'd gotten two outs before being tossed and was visibly upset at being ejected from a game that could have huge implications on the Nationals' playoff hopes.
Sep 23 - 10:03 PM

Jonathan Papelbon earned his 24th save of the season Saturday in the Nationals' win over the Marlins.

Papelbon allowed back-to-back singles to lead off the top of the ninth, but he induced two groundballs to end that threat. Papelbon boasts a 1.93 ERA and 54/9 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings this season between Philly and Washington.
Sep 19 - 6:56 PM

Jonathan Papelbon, back in Philadelphia for the first time since being traded, blew Monday's save but the Nationals still beat the Phillies in 11 innings.

The Nationals had taken a 7-6 lead in the top of the 10th inning on a Jayson Werth home run, but Papelbon immediately served up a game-tying solo homer to former teammate Freddy Galvis. The veteran closer would vulture a win as the Nationals re-took the lead in the 11th. Since joining the Nationals, Papelbon is 6-for-7 in save situations with a 2.84 ERA and a 12/1 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.
Sep 14 - 11:11 PM

Jonathan Papelbon escaped by the skin of his teeth with his 19th save in Tuesday's 5-4 win against the Diamondbacks.

Papelbon allowed a leadoff single to Jake Lamb, who advanced to second base on a deep Jarrod Saltalamacchia fly out. Welington Castillo ground out, pushing Lamb to third base. Lamb crossed home when Yunel Escobar threw the ball away on a grounder that would have ended the game. Papelbon bounced back to get Cliff Pennington on a 1-3 ground out. The run was unearned. He's gotten the save in both opportunities since joining the Nationals, giving him 19 on the year with a 1.69 ERA.
Aug 4 - 11:03 PM

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth in Thursday afternoon's 1-0 win over the Marlins, locking down his first save since being traded from the Phillies on June 28.

Everything went according to plan. Former closer Drew Storen entered in the eighth inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced, then handed the 1-0 lead over to Papelbon, who worked a scoreless final frame while striking out one. Storen might not be happy about losing his job, but if he can set aside his personal feelings, the Nationals' new combination for the eighth and ninth could be lethal. Prior to the trade, Paps was pitching to a 1.59 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings. He's now a perfect 18-for-18 in save chances between his two teams.
Jul 30 - 3:17 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Jonathan Papelbon and cash considerations from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Nick Pivetta.

He'll slide into the closer role for the Nats, pushing Drew Storen to the eighth inning. Papelbon also agreed to drop his 2016 salary from $13 million to $11 million in order to have the vesting option exercised, so he's under contract through next season. Ken Giles will take over as the Phillies' closer.
Jul 28 - 8:14 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, a trade sending Jonathan Papelbon to the Nationals has been "agreed upon."'s Todd Zolecki says the Phillies will receive pitching prospect Nick Pivetta in the deal. Papelbon is expected to take over as the Nationals' closer, pushing Drew Storen into a setup role. The reliever agreed to drop his 2016 salary from $13 million to $11 million in order to have the vesting option exercised.
Jul 28 - 5:51 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Nationals are "at the finish line" on a trade for Jonathan Papelbon.

Bowden adds that the Phillies' return will be a Double-A pitcher. It sounds like an official announcement is coming soon on this deal. Papelbon has said that he wants to remain a closer and his no-trade clause allows him to uphold that demand, so Drew Storen is going to take a big hit here for fantasy purposes.
Jul 28 - 5:16 PM

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C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
4Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Wilmer Difo
4Chris Bostick
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Matt den Dekker
3Reed Johnson
CF1Michael Taylor
2Logan Schafer
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Drew Storen
3Blake Treinen
4Felipe Rivero
5Craig Stammen
6Sammy Solis
7A.J. Cole
8Matt Grace
9Aaron Barrett
10Rafael Martin
11Nick Lee
12Taylor Jordan
13Erik Davis
14Sean Burnett