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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
Contract: view contract details

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Jonathan Papelbon tossed a perfect ninth inning to nail down his third save of the season in Sunday's win over the Marlins.
He got a groundout, a flyout and another groundout to seal the victory. Papelbon was knocked around in his second appearance of the season when he blew a save versus the Rangers, but he's been nearly perfect in his other five appearances. Still, his stuff simply isn't what it once was and fantasy owners should expect some ups and downs. Apr 13 - 5:41 PM

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Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the season with a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Marlins.

He struck out one batter in the frame. Papelbon seemed to have a bit more giddy-up on his fastball during the brief outing, which is an encouraging sign. Still, his days as a top-tier fantasy closer appear to be long gone.
Apr 11 - 10:59 PM

Jonathan Papelbon notched his first save of the season Saturday with a scoreless inning against the Cubs.

Papelbon imploded in his first save chance Wednesday against the Rangers, but he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth on Saturday and struck out Emilio Bonifacio to end the ballgame. It was nice to see, but his diminished velocity remains a concern.
Apr 5 - 5:37 PM

Jonathan Papelbon blew the save on Wednesday, forking over a two-run lead as the Rangers walked-off 4-3 winners.

The Rangers walked off for the second day in a row when Shin-Soo Choo drew a walk with the bases loaded. Papelbon, whose velocity was a big concern last season, was sitting at 90-92 mph with his fastball in this one, several mph below where he used to be just two years ago. In his one inning, Papelbon allowed three runs on four hits and two walks. The 33-year-old seems like he is on the downward slope of his career.
Apr 2 - 11:31 PM

Jonathan Papelbon gave up a couple of more runs against the Pirates on Sunday.

Papelbon allowed three hits, but it was two other pitchers that got the most attention: he drilled Starling Marte and just missed Andrew McCutchen with another offering. It's hard to imagine either was intentional, but Papelbon isn't making any new friends. He's allowed seven runs -- two earned -- in four innings this spring.
Mar 16 - 5:44 PM

Jonathan Papelbon was charged with five unearned runs after a Maikel Franco error in the seventh inning Monday.

At least he struck out the side. Of course, he gave up four hits and walked a batter along the way. Papelbon often struggles some in spring training, so his getting knocked around today didn't come as a surprise. Still, he is in decline and he represents a poor value as a fantasy closer this year.
Mar 10 - 4:17 PM

Jonathan Papelbon said "there's a little bit of truth to every rumor" when asked about reports that the Phillies are shopping him.

"I don't know," Papelbon responded when asked whether he believed the reports about his availability. "It's hard to say. I don't know. I don't know. I don't know." The closer is owed $26 million over the next two seasons and could be due $39 million over three seasons if he reaches an attainable vesting option for 2016. Paps posted a 2.92 ERA that statheads (due to poor peripherals) and scouts (due to diminished stuff) alike called lucky. Philadelphia will be fortunate to find a taker.
Jan 2 - 11:16 PM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies are willing to assume some of Jonathan Papelbon's salary in a trade.

They're also going to have to be willing to accept very little in return for Papelbon if they want to get something done. The fiery closer is owed $26 million over the next two seasons and could be due $39 million over three seasons if he reaches an attainable vesting option for 2016. Though Papelbon posted a 2.92 ERA last year, Gelb says it was a "mirage," his "luck was sky high" and scouts filed "brutal reports" on the reliever. The Orioles are one club known to have interest in Papelbon.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 09:01:00 AM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles and Phillies have discussed potential trades involving closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Kubatko is quick to note however that a deal isn't imminent and that the Phillies would have to eat a large portion of the $39 million that Papelbon has remaining on his contract over the next three seasons. If the two sides are able to strike a deal, Papelbon also has a limited no-trade clause and may need to approve a trade. The O's are scouring the market after they backed out of their deal with Grant Balfour on Friday.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 10:03:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney has been told by teams that have talked to the Phillies that they're "extremely motivated" to trade Jonathan Papelbon.

The problem, of course, is that Papelbon isn't as good as he used to be and will be owed $39 million over the next three seasons if his 2016 option vests. There have also been reports that Papelbon has clashed with his teammates in Philly, and with his no-trade clause he's only able to be dealt to 12 approved teams. If the Phillies are able to trade him, it would have to be a straight salary dump and even then they still might have to eat some money.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 08:43:00 AM

Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News believes that the Phillies will have difficulty trading closer Jonathan Papelbon.

A report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports suggested earlier in the day that the team was trying to deal the veteran closer, but Lawrence believes that due to his declining skills, $26 million remaining on his contract and his volatile personality, that it may be difficult to do so. Papelbon also possesses a no-trade clause that only allows him to be dealt to 12 approved teams, which makes it rather unlikely that he'll be wearing a new uniform in 2014.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 07:17:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon has two years and $26 million left on his contract that also contains a vesting option for a third year. He also had a career-low 8.3 K/9 ratio in 2013 and saw his velocity dip for the second straight season. It's possible the Phillies will be able to convince someone to take him off their hands, but they might have to eat some money in the process. Another issue is that Papelbon has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to stipulate 12 teams to which he will accept a trade.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 03:42:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon earned his 29th save of the season in the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

It hasn't been Papelbon's best season, but he's now one save away from recording 30 saves in eight straight seasons. The 32-year-old owns a 2.52 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings this season.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 10:56:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon wriggled his way out of a jam during the ninth inning on Saturday, preserving a one-run advantage and earning his 27th save of the season.

Papelbon took over with the Phillies leading 5-4, and promptly served up a leadoff double to Ryan Zimmerman. After retiring Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond, he issued an intentional walk to Bryce Harper that put the winning run on base, but battled back to get Wilson Ramos to bounce out to shortstop to end the game. Papelbon now sports a 2.50 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 52/10 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 10:52:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon allowed two ninth-inning runs but escaped with a win on Saturday against the Braves.

Papelbon entered the game with the Phillies up 5-3 and allowed a game-tying two-run homer to Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons after a Chris Johnson single. But the Phillies rebounded in the bottom of the ninth on a Freddy Galvis walkoff blast. Papelbon hadn't allowed a run in a month. His job is secure.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 10:40:00 PM

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