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Jonathan Papelbon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/23/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Aug 26 - 9:48 PM

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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.
Aug 18 - 10:03 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.
Aug 7 - 10:04 PM

Jonathan Papelbon has cleared revocable waivers.

Which means that he can now be traded to any team, though the right-hander does possess limited no-trade protection. Papelbon, 33, has registered a 1.71 ERA and 45/13 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings this season for Philadelphia. He is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for the 2016 campaign.
Aug 6 - 5:40 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jonathan Papelbon, Marlon Byrd, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, and Carlos Ruiz were among the Phillies who were placed on revocable waivers Monday.

Pretty much everyone goes on revocable waivers in August, so this doesn't necessary mean anything. However, there's still a chance that someone like Papelbon or Byrd could be moved this month. We should know by Wednesday whether the players on this list clear waivers, thus making them eligible to be traded to anyone.
Aug 4 - 5:08 PM

Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 26th save on Friday, closing the door on the Nationals despite allowing two hits in the ninth.

While Papelbon might have made Philly fans nervous when he allowed back-to-back one out singles to Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond, he bounced back to strike out Bryce Harper and new National Asdrubal Cabrera. Papelbon was tossed around in trade rumors but ultimately stayed put. The Phillies will roll with his 1.75 ERA going forward. He's now 26-for-28 in save opportunities.
Aug 1 - 10:06 PM

Jonathan Papelbon gave up a pair of hits but hung in there to convert his 25th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Papelbon yielded a leadoff single to David Peralta and a one-out single to Miguel Montero, but he got a strikeout of Paul Goldschmidt and induced a double-play ball from Martin Prado to end it. The fiery reliever boasts a 1.83 ERA and has converted 25 of 28 save chances this season. It's possible he could change teams before the trade deadline.
Jul 27 - 4:40 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the trade market for Jonathan Papelbon "seems light, if existent."

Papelbon has had a fine season, posting a 1.91 ERA while saving 24 games in 28 chances, but Heyman says "there seemingly isn't strong interest," especially with the Angels and Tigers having already acquired relievers. The Phillies are prepared to eat a portion of the $18 million guaranteed to Papelbon through the end of next season, but he also has a vesting option for 2016, something that Heyman notes "can be sticky for acquiring teams."
Jul 25 - 4:35 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the Tigers are "keeping tabs on all relievers, including Jonathan Papelbon."

The two also say that the Tigers are interested in Antonio Bastardo. Detroit appears dead set on adding at least one bullpen piece at the deadline, as they've also been connected to Brad Ziegler, Joaquin Benoit and Joakim Soria. The Tigers have publicly backed Joe Nathan as closer, but it's possible he could be demoted depending on who they're able to acquire.
Jul 21 - 9:26 PM

A source tells Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he expects the Dodgers to pursue Jonathan Papelbon.

The Dodgers already have a competent closer in Kenley Jansen, but setup man Brian Wilson has been terrible and the Dodgers have the financial wherewithal to take on a portion of Papelbon's remaining salary. Papelbon recently told reporters he would welcome a deal to a contender, so getting him to waive his no-trade clause to head west shouldn't be a problem.
Jul 16 - 7:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon said Wednesday that it would be a "no-brainer" to waiver his no-trade clause in order to be dealt to a contender.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that Papelbon has "never expressed to me that he's been unhappy," but he's not surprised the closer is willing to be dealt. "Why wouldn't players want to play on a contending team?" the GM added. "It's really rather simple." Papelbon is owed about $19 million through the end of next season and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016, so the Phils will surely have to eat some money in order to make a trade happen. However, Papelbon probably does look attractive to a contender with a 1.24 ERA and 22 saves in 24 opportunities.
Jul 11 - 9:28 AM

Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save for the third consecutive day, slamming the door on the Brewers in the ninth inning as the Phillies earned a 4-1 victory on Wednesday.

Papelbon had another 1-2-3 inning, also his third in a row. The Phillies will likely have to rely on Jake Diekman or Ken Giles in the ninth inning if they need to in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Papelbon is 22-for-24 in save chances with a 1.24 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and a 32/9 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings.
Jul 9 - 11:08 PM

Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 21st save, pitching a perfect ninth inning as the Phillies went home winners against the Brewers on Tuesday.

Papelbon has saved both of the Phillies' wins, both with perfect ninth innings, to open the four-game set against the Brewers. The right-hander has been among baseball's best closers thus far, having saved 21 of 23 with a 1.27 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings.
Jul 8 - 11:46 PM

Jonathan Papelbon converted his 19th save of the season, blanking the Marlins in the ninth inning in Thursday's victory.

It was Papelbon's first appearance in a save situation since June 24, and his first appearance overall since Sunday. The layoff didn't affect Papelbon, as he struck out two in the effort. The right-hander has had a great season despite diminished velocity, now 19-for-21 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, and a 30/9 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings.
Jul 3 - 9:28 PM

Jonathan Papelbon held the Marlins scoreless in the ninth inning to pick up his 18th save in Tuesday's victory.

Papelbon allowed a two-out single to Giancarlo Stanton, but was able to get Casey McGehee to ground out to shortstop to end the game. The closer lowered his ERA to 1.48 and now carries a 0.99 WHIP with a 25/9 K/BB ratio. Papelbon is 18-for-20 in save opportunities.
Jun 24 - 11:26 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
3Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
3Freddy Galvis
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Cody Asche
2Maikel Franco
3Cesar Hernandez
LF1Domonic Brown
2Grady Sizemore
CF1Ben Revere
2Tony Gwynn Jr.
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2A.J. Burnett
3Kyle Kendrick
4David Buchanan
5Jerome Williams
6Cliff Lee
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ken Giles
6Mario Hollands
7Justin De Fratus
8Cesar Jimenez
9Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
10Luis Garcia