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Jonathan Papelbon | Relief Pitcher | #58

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/23/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 227
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Mississippi State
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 4 (0) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was told by one executive that Jonathan Papelbon is "untradeable."

Papelbon just turned 35, his $11 million salary is far from a bargain and he's gained a reputation for being a clubhouse headache. That's three strikes right there. Of course, he's still one of the best closers in baseball and there's bound to be at least one team willing to look past those shortcomings. Papelbon has one year left on his contract.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 05:17:00 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 05:30:00 PM

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
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 07:56:00 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.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 01:40:00 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.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 01:17:00 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.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 05:30:00 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.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 04:50:00 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.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 01:19:00 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.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 10:03:00 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.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 06:56:00 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.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 11:11:00 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.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 11:03:00 PM

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