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Jonathan Papelbon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/23/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 227
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Jonathan Papelbon escaped two-out trouble in the ninth inning to convert his fifth save of the season in Monday's victory over the Cardinals.
Papelbon got two outs quickly, but served up a double to Kolten Wong and hit Jon Jay with a pitch to bring the tying run to the plate. Cody Stanley, however, struck out swinging to end the contest. Papelbon has picked up all five save opportunities with a 1.08 ERA and a 9/1 K/BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings. Fantasy owners are hoping he gets dealt to a contender sooner rather than later, which will increase his amount of save chances. Apr 27 - 11:12 PM

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Jonathan Papelbon was far from effective on Sunday, but still managed to secure his fourth save of the season despite allowing a ninth inning run to the Braves.

A solo home run by Alberto Callaspo inched the Braves to within 5-4, but Papelbon managed to shut the door in awkward fashion after that, inducing a Kelly Johnson flyball out with runners on first and second to secure his fourth save of the season. To be fair, the pitcher was home in bed with illness on Friday and it's very possible that he's still feeling the aftereffects of his ailment. He's saved four of the team's seven wins and now boasts a 1.23 ERA and 0.50 WHIP over 7 1/3 innings pitched. The Callaspo home run was the first run Papelbon has allowed this season.
Apr 26 - 4:34 PM

Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable on Friday due to illness.

Papelbon wasn't even with the team on Friday, he was at home in bed. He may need another day or two before he's able to rejoin the active ranks. Ken Giles would get the call in any save chances while the veteran right-hander is sidelined.
Apr 24 - 10:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Saturday against the Nationals for his third save of the season.

He struck out one in the frame. Papelbon has been spotless on the young season, allowing just one hit with a 4/0 K/BB ratio across 5 1/3 innings of work.
Apr 18 - 4:46 PM

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Nationals on Friday for his second save of the season.

Papelbon didn't strike out a batter, but he needed just 10 pitches to retire the side in order. He'd surely rather pitch for a contender at this point, but a trade will probably have to wait until later this summer. The Phillies aren't going to win many games this season, but he should remain a useful fantasy closer as long as he hangs around.
Apr 10 - 10:07 PM

Jonathan Papelbon gave up four runs in one-third of an inning Thursday against the Rays.

Papelbon, who was wearing Carlos Ruiz's jersey on the mound today, seems to have an outing like this at least once every spring. He was actually in line for one of the best springs of his career, having allowed two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings pitched coming into the day. Now he has a more typical 6.14 ERA.
Apr 2 - 4:55 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Blue Jays are not currently in discussions to acquire Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies.

There have been rumblings in recent weeks that the Blue Jays had scouted and maintained interest in the veteran closer, but at this stage there don't appear to be talks between the two sides. As things currently stand, it looks as though Papelbon will begin the season as the Phillies closer.
Mar 29 - 5:52 PM

Jonathan Papelbon said Thursday that he would waive his no-trade clause to pitch for the Blue Jays.

Papelbon was being courted by the Brewers, but they re-signed closer Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million contract on Thursday morning. The Blue Jays might now be his best bet to get out of Philadelphia, where a rebuild is in full swing. "Yes, Toronto, interests me -- if it interests [Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.]," Papelbon told "I know some of the guys on their coaching staff. They’re a good team. If Ruben can do a deal with them, I’d be interested." Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games.
Feb 26 - 3:02 PM

Talks between the Brewers and Phillies regarding Jonathan Papelbon are currently "dormant," a source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The Phillies were only willing to pay a significant portion of Papelbon's salary if they received a top prospect in return, Rosenthal said, an idea the Brewers balked at. The Brewers offered to send Jonathan Broxton to the Phillies to balance out the salaries, but that idea doesn't make much sense from a Phillies perspective. Papelbon remains a candidate to be dealt, but it's looking increasingly likely that he'll open camp with the Phillies.
Feb 11 - 11:21 PM

The Brewers and Phillies continue to discuss a deal for Jonathan Papelbon, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman notes the primary holdup in a deal is the difference in opinion on what the Phillies' return should be for the 34-year-old closer. Another issue believed to have been holding the deal back previously, Papelbon's $13 million option for 2016, doesn't appear to be at the heart of the holding pattern, Heyman said, so it's likely just the players involved that needs to be hammered out. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro continues to insist other teams are involved as well, while several free agent relief options remain for the Brewers.
Feb 4 - 6:14 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Monday that trade talks involving Jonathan Papelbon are "still alive."

"We’re still having discussion — and not just with one club," Amaro said. The Brewers remain the most likely landing spot for Papelbon, with CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury saying talks "are ongoing and have been for some time." Salisbury adds that while the Blue Jays have "poked around" on Papelbon, their interest in the closer is "mild." The biggest stumbling block over a Phillies/Brewers trade is Papelbon's $13 million option for 2016, an option the closer will require to be picked up in order to facilitate a deal.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 2 - 8:48 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gets the impression that the Brewers would like to pull off a trade with the Phillies for closer Jonathan Papelbon.

As Haudricourt notes, the situation is complicated, as Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games. He has a no-trade clause, so he may ask for the option to be fully guaranteed in order to accept a deal. If the Brewers are unable to work out a deal for Papelbon, they could still look to Francisco Rodriguez as a fallback.
Jan 28 - 1:49 PM

According to's Todd Zolecki, the Brewers and Blue Jays are both still interested in Jonathan Papelbon.

The Brewers and Phillies have been talking for weeks, but recent reports have suggested that the momentum toward an actual swap has died. The Jays' interest seems a little fresher. Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games. The veteran reliever has a no-trade clause and may ask Milwaukee or Toronto to make that option guaranteed if a deal gets close. For what it's worth, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal is still hearing that the Blue Jays' interest in Papelbon is "extremely limited."
Source: MLBlogs
Jan 27 - 5:59 PM

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

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

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