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Jonathan Papelbon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/23/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jonathan Papelbon worked around a one-out double to save his 39th game of the season in Friday's win against the Braves.
It's the 325th save of the veteran's career. Papelbon at the end of another terrific -- though at times controversial -- season, having gone 39-for-43 in save opportunities with a 2.04 ERA. Sep 26 - 9:50 PM

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Jonathan Papelbon closed the book on the Marlins in the ninth inning of Wednesday's victory, earning his 38th save of the season.

It was Papelbon's first appearance after having served his seven-game suspension for making a rude gesture to a booing Philadelphia crowd. He picked up where he left off, saving games with ease. With the season near its completion, Papelbon is 38-for-42 in save chances with a 2.07 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and a 62/15 K/BB ratio.
Sep 24 - 10:07 PM

Jonathan Papelbon has been activated from suspension.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters that he will use Papelbon if a save situation arises on Tuesday night. Papelbon was suspended seven games for appearing to grab his crotch toward the fans in Philadelphia on September 14. He then got into a physical altercation with umpire Joe West.
Sep 23 - 4:32 PM

Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for his actions following Sunday's appearance.

Papelbon was ejected by umpire Joe West after grabbing his crotch on his way to the Phillies' dugout. The reliever will not appeal, so his suspension begins Monday. Ken Giles will be in line for saves over the next week.
Sep 15 - 9:03 PM

Jonathan Papelbon had a major meltdown in the ninth inning Sunday, allowing four runs for a blown save and taking the loss against the Marlins.

Papelbon entered with a three-run lead, but the Marlins came up with four hits and a walk to tie the score before Papelbon could record the second out. A wild pitch, indicative of the kind of day Papelbon had, ended up bringing in the winning run. The blown save was his fourth of the year and his first since July 22. Despite the ugly outing, it has still been a very good year for the 33-year-old.
Sep 14 - 5:14 PM

Jonathan Papelbon worked around a lead-off single in the ninth inning to wrap up his 36th save of the season in a win against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Gregory Polanco reached on an infield single, and the Pirates gave up an out to bunt him over to second base. A ground out and a strikeout later, however, ended the Pirates' threat. Papelbon has now converted 13 consecutive saves and is 36-for-39 overall with a 1.61 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and a 58/14 K/BB ratio.
Sep 9 - 10:10 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
3Cameron Rupp
4Rene Garcia
5Koyie Hill
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
3Russ Canzler
2B1Chase Utley
2Cord Phelps
3Andres Blanco
4Odubel Herrera
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Cody Asche
2Maikel Franco
3Cesar Hernandez
4Chris Nelson
LF1Domonic Brown
2Grady Sizemore
3Xavier Paul
CF1Ben Revere
2Darin Mastroianni
3Brian Bogusevic
RF1Marlon Byrd
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Cliff Lee
3David Buchanan
4Jerome Williams
5Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Jake Diekman
3Ken Giles
4Mario Hollands
5Justin De Fratus
6Cesar Jimenez
7Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
8Luis Garcia
9Elvis Araujo
10Nefi Ogando
11Andy Oliver
12Paul Clemens