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Nationals Planning To Keep Jonathan Papelbon in 2016

    It appears that Jonathan Papelbon may have won the power struggle at the back of the Washington Nationals bullpen. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo hosted a conference call after trading Drew Storen to Toronto, and naturally, he was asked what the deal meant for Papelbon. Rizzo quickly went into a defense of his closer. “We make baseball trades,” Rizzo told reporters Saturday...
Via Larry Brown Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats' Rizzo won't rule out trade, expects to keep Papelbon

WASHINGTON (AP) While not ruling out a trade of Jonathan Papelbon, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says he expects the right-hander to be ''one of our late-inning relievers'' in 2016. Rizzo spoke to reporters on a conference call Saturday, a day after trading former closer Drew Storen to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Ben Revere. Rizzo says Revere's exact role ''remains...
Via Associated Press
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon’s no-trade list includes 17 teams

Jonathan Papelbon’s brief tenure with the Washington Nationals came to an end when he went after Bryce Harper and locked his hands around the superstar’s neck during a dugout confrontation late last season. But if the Nationals hope to move the enigmatic closer, it will require some serious work to find a team with which Papelbon will agree to play. Reports indicate that Papelbon’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Mitch McConnell wants Washington Nationals to dump Jonathan Papelbon

At the Politico Playbook Breakfast, you expect to get your serving of politics, policy, and a bunch of other non-sports related topics, but Mitch McConnell had an opportunity to delve into sports. The Senator from Kentucky was asked about his favorite Major League Baseball team, the Washington Nationals, and offered up quite the analysis. His hottest of takes? That the Nationals...
Via The Comeback
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Jonathan Papelbon Files Grievance against Nationals

View image | A new dilemma has been added to the souring relationship between Jonathan Papelbon and the Washington Nationals, as the closer reportedly filed a grievance against the team stemming from his unpaid suspension at the end of this past season. Citing Major League Baseball sources, Boston radio station website reported Papelbon has filed a grievance...
Via KCM Sports
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB executive: Jonathan Papelbon is 'untradeable'

The Washington Nationals might have a hard time finding suitors for closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon has been the subject of trade speculation since about the time he choked Bryce Harper in the Nationals’ dugout toward the end of the regular season, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote last week in his “Inside Baseball” column that Washington has a problem if it wants to deal...
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Nats plan to keep Papelbon, think he can ‘play nice’

The Washington Nationals aren’t going to move Jonathan Papelbon, at least that’s what they’re saying through back channels. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the Nationals don’t intend to trade the polarizing closer, despite the fact he got into a dugout altercation with star outfielder Bryce Harper during a late-season game. Additionally, the Nationals plan...
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon bought $2.9M home in DC on Sept. 14

Washington Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon recently purchased a rather expensive home in the D.C. area. Can you say bad timing? According to the Washington Business Journal, Papelbon and his wife Ashley closed on a $2.9 million home in Belle Haven on Sept. 14. The five-bedroom house was assessed at $1.5 million. Why might that be an issue? As you have probably heard, Papelbon...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon thinks he became ‘scapegoat’ for Phillies

By Larry Brown Jonathan Papelbon is finally free of the miserable baseball situation in Philadelphia, years after he begged to be traded. Now he says his willingness to speak about the poor situation in Philly — coupled with being a big earner on a bad team — made him the scapegoat in the big city. Papelbon, who on Thursday recorded his first save with his new team, the Washington...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon will be traded … somewhere

By TOC Locker The Jonathan Papelbon saga is approaching its close. According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia, the unhappy Phillies closer will be traded this week to a still unknown suitor. You wouldn’t know it from the scorn lobbed Papelbon’s way, but he’s actually pitched quite well this season. In 39 2/3 innings, he’s pitched to a 1.59 ERA, punching out 40 and...
Via The Outside Corner
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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