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Report: Nationals in the market for a closer

With a huge lead in the National League East, it’s safe to say that the Washington Nationals are going to be buyers as the MLB trade season heats up.Something they’d like to secure is a solid closer. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nats have discussed many options.“They have spoken internally about many possibilities, though, including Kansas City Royals closer...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Chances of Jonathan Papelbon signing ‘non-existent’

Despite the flurry of conjecture surmising where Jonathan Papelbon might land after he was granted his release by the Washington Nationals on Aug. 13, it appears all the speculation was much ado about nothing. WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports the Boston Red Sox won't take a flier on their former closer, it also appears no other major league team is inclined to do so, either. Bradford...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 31, 2016  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Jonathan Papelbon Won’t Sign Before Postseason Deadline

The Boston Red Sox need bullpen help — especially in the back end — but it appears Jonathan Papelbon isn’t their man. Papelbon has been courted by many teams, the Red Sox included, since the Washington Nationals released him on Aug. 13. But the free agent reliever won’t sign with Boston or any other team before midnight Wednesday, a major league source told’s Rob...
August 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon ‘Not Ready To Make A Decision’ On Signing, Dave Dombrowski Says

The Jonathan Papelbon ship is extremely close to sailing. The Red Sox have expressed interest in signing the reliever since the Washington Nationals released him on Aug. 13, but it seems unlikely that he’ll come to Boston at this point. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria Show” that Papelbon’s time...
August 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Red Sox have discussed bringing back Papelbon

Jonathan Papelbon is expected to make a decision by Wednesday on where he wants to play next, and there have been some rumblings that he could return to the Boston Red Sox. John Farrell isn’t exactly denying those reports. In an appearance on MLB Network Radio, the Red Sox skipper admitted the team has had discussions about bringing Papelbon back. Farrell on Jonathan Papelbon...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Jonathan Papelbon Nearing Decision Amid ‘Strong Interest’

Jonathan Papelbon might soon have a new home. A source with knowledge of Papelbon’s thinking told’s Rob Bradford on Tuesday that the free-agent reliever is drawing “strong interest” from across Major League Baseball and will choose a new team within the next 24 hours. Papelbon recently was released by the Washington Nationals, who acquired closer Mark Melancon from...
August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Papelbon played pro-Donald Trump song in clubhouse

We already knew that Jonathan Papelbon was an opinionated and outspoken ballplayer not unlike his former Boston Red Sox teammate Curt Schilling. What we didn’t realize was that his attitude spilled over to sharing his tastes with his teammates and the press. According to a story from The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg, Papelbon would play a pro-Donald Trump song while reporters...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon to be released by Nationals

Jonathan Papelbon's time in Washington appears to be coming to an end. The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes says the Nationals told Papelbon they planned to designate him for assignment, and the closer responded by asking for his outright release to speed up the divorce: Nationals came to Papelbon, told him they were planning to DFA him because they needed a roster spot, could...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 13, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh in cleats throws out first pitch at Cubs game

Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh did not mess around when he threw the first pitch at Wednesday night’s Cubs-White Sox game at Wrigley Field. It was all business for “Harbz,” who donned a personalized Cubs jersey tucked into, of course, khakis. But the surprising part of his attire involved what he was wearing on his feet to ensure good traction: baseball cleats....
Via The Sports Daily
July 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Baker considering removing Papelbon from closer role?

Jonathan Papelbon may not be long for the Washington Nationals closer role. After Papelbon blew a save on Tuesday night against Cleveland, Nationals manager Dusty Baker seemed to call into question whether Papelbon was the solution in the role. “It’s too soon after,” Baker said of Papelbon’s role after the game, according to Mark Zuckerman of MASN. “I mean, that’s his...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 27, 2016  |  Discuss

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