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Jonathan Papelbon | Relief Pitcher | #58

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 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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Jonathan Papelbon is not currently looking to sign with a major league team.
The 36-year-old spent most of this season as the Nationals' closer before being displaced by Mark Melancon at the trade deadline. He registered 19 saves in 22 chances and finished with a 4.37 ERA in 35 innings. He was released by the club in mid-August and opted not to sign anywhere else despite interest from multiple teams -- including the Red Sox. Papelbon's agent Seth Levinson said today that Papelbon is focusing on a private family matter and will not decide on his baseball future until that matter is resolved. Papelbon ranks ninth on the all-time save leaders' list with 368. After breaking into the majors in 2005, Papelbon has delivered a 2.44 career ERA with 808 strikeouts in 725 2/3 innings with the Red Sox, Phillies and Nationals. Sat, Dec 10, 2016 08:24:00 PM
Source: Boston Globe

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Rob Bradford of writes Wednesday that the "likelihood of Jonathan Papelbon joining the Red Sox, or really any other team, now seems non-existent."

Bradford heard from a source that Papelbon has no plans of signing a new deal before midnight on Wednesday, which means he won't be on a roster by September 1 and is not going to be eligible for postseason play. Boston reached out a few weeks ago when the veteran right-hander was released by the Nationals, but it doesn't sound like the two sides ever engaged in any sort of contract negotiations. Papelbon, 35, will finish the 2016 season having registered a 4.37 ERA and 1.46 WHIP across 37 appearances, all with Washington.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 12:47:00 PM

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski reiterated Wednesday morning that the team is still waiting on a decision from free agent Jonathan Papelbon.

Dombrowski and Co. reached out to Papelbon last week after he was released by the Nationals, but there has been no movement toward a contract agreement. "We did express some interest, but he has to decide what he wants to do," Dombrowski told MLB Network Radio. "We are open, we did call, he has to decide." Papelbon had a 4.37 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 35 innings this season with Washington.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 12:59:00 PM

Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports that a reunion between Jonathan Papelbon and the Red Sox looks unlikely.

With the depth of the Red Sox bullpen, both in the big leagues and at Triple-A, there really isn't room for the veteran hurler to work in middle relief. He'll continue to look for work, but it's no longer a given that he'll land another opportunity before the end of the season.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 08:39:00 PM

Red Sox GM Mike Hazen said Wednesday that he's on a "wait and see" with Jonathan Papelbon.

Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Tuesday that he has spoken to Papelbon about joining the team and it sounds like it might happen, but there's nothing official yet. "There’s no update as of right now," Hazen said midday in a radio interview on WEEI. "We’re just kind of in a wait-and-see (mode). This is a time of year where a manager has to ride guys in certain cases... you can just never have enough quality good bullpen guys." Papelbon was released from the Nationals last weekend after posting a 4.37 ERA and 1.46 WHIP across 35 innings.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 12:56:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday that they've talked about signing Jonathan Papelbon.

Farrell added that "there's some real strong points" to Papelbon that "could be an addition here." The Red Sox have dealt with some injuries in the back-end of their bullpen and Craig Kimbrel has had some soreness after knee surgery, so a reunion would give them an experienced insurance policy. A decision on his next team is reportedly imminent.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 01:00:00 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that Jonathan Papelbon hasn't come up in his conversations with the front office.

Maddon didn't rule out the possibility of Papelbon in Chicago, but he said right now "there is nothing happening." Papelbon was given his release by the Nationals over the weekend and Rob Bradford of hears that he's likely to make a decision on his next team in the next 24 hours.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Rob Bradford of reports that Jonathan Papelbon is likely to make a decision on where to sign in the next 24 hours.

Papelbon was given his release by the Nationals over the weekend and should soon find himself with another contender. He'd reportedly welcome a return to the Red Sox, though it's unclear if there's legitimate interest there. Others have speculated on the Cubs and Marlins among the possible fits. Papelbon, 35, has posted a 4.37 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio over 35 innings this season.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 10:07:00 AM

Rob Bradford of reports that Jonathan Papelbon would welcome a return to the Red Sox.

The veteran right-hander was released by the Nationals on Saturday and is seeking a new place to call home for the remainder of the season. Given the depth of the injuries that the Red Sox have suffered at the back end of the bullpen, there could be a match here, but Papelbon still wouldn't be likely to work his way into a closer's role.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 03:51:00 PM

Nationals released RHP Jonathan Papelbon.

The club was going to designate him for assignment to free up a spot on the 40-man roster, but Papelbon asked instead for his outright release since the designation process can take up to ten days. It sounds as though the 35-year-old will look to latch on elsewhere and continue his playing career.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 03:11:00 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Jonathan Papelbon has requested his release from the Nationals.

The Nationals have had multiple discussions on the matter and are trying to figure out the best way to accommodate the veteran's request. Crasnick notes to expect a resolution on this situation soon.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 09:59:00 AM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Nationals are about to make a roster move involving embattled former closer Jonathan Papelbon.

The only scenario that seems likely is that they are getting ready to release the 35-year-old right-hander. Papelbon, who lost his closer's job upon the acquisition of Mark Melancon, owns a 4.37 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 31/14 K/BB ratio through 35 innings on the season. Unless he works his way into a ninth-inning gig somewhere, he is no longer relevant for fantasy purposes.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 09:28:00 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker was non-committal on his closer after pulling Jonathan Papelbon in the middle of a save chance Thursday.

Baker has indicated in recent days that he might make a change in the ninth inning, and he didn't hesitate to give Papelbon the hook after he allowed a one-out single and a walk to the Giants. Oliver Perez retired two of the next three batters and then Shawn Kelley closed things out by striking out Angel Pagan. Kelley is probably the favorite for saves in Washington right now, although it wouldn't be a surprise to see the club add a reliever before the trade deadline. "We’ve certainly got to figure something out here," Baker said.
Source: MASN Sports
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 08:29:00 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker suggested late Tuesday that he's considering a change at closer.

Papelbon blew his second straight save opportunity on Tuesday night against the Indians, yielding three runs on two walks and two hits. He did not record an out. "It’s too soon after," Baker said in his postgame press conference. "I mean, that’s his job. That’s what he’s getting paid for. I don’t know. We just have to go back to the drawing board. It’s too early to say after the game." Washington was heavily interested in Aroldis Chapman before he went to the Cubs. Maybe there's a plan now that involves Andrew Miller. If no outside upgrade is made and Papelbon's struggles continue, Shawn Kelley could become the guy.
Source: MASN
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 08:03:00 AM

Jonathan Papelbon melted down in grand fashion Tuesday, allowing three runs without recording an out in a blown save against the Indians.

Papelbon also took the loss in the disastrous outing, yielding two hits and two walks before being removed. The blown save was his fourth of the year, as was the loss. He's now allowed seven runs in his last two appearances, a fact that surely stings more considering the Nats were among the runners up for Aroldis Chapman when he was dealt to the Cubs. Perhaps they're not done looking for late-inning relief help.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 11:13:00 PM

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