Nats players may have forgiven Jonathan Papelbon, but have the fans?

As the Nationals prepare for spring training, one player faces a unique challenge, albeit one he brought upon himself. Jonathan Papelbon missed the final seven games of last season while serving two suspensions, one from Major League Baseball for throwing at Manny Machado and the other for fighting Bryce Harper in the dugout during a game. Their […]
Via Nationals Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals haven’t done much to improve this offseason

The Washington Nationals were set for big changes this offseason. After being pegged to be among the best teams in the league, the Nationals stumbled to an 83-79 record. Their struggles were personified in late-September when Jonathan Papelbon choked out teammate and franchise star Bryce Harper in the dugout, and inept ex-manager Matt Williams not only didn’t immediately punish...
Via Bloguin Best
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals haven’t done much to improve this offseason

The Washington Nationals were set for big changes this offseason. After being pegged to be among the best teams in the league, the Nationals stumbled to an 83-79 record. Their struggles were personified in late-September when Jonathan Papelbon choked out teammate and franchise star Bryce Harper in the dugout, and inept ex-manager Matt Williams not only didn’t immediately punish...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Picking the Top of the NL East

Two things were dumped on the DC area over the course of the weekend: an unfathomable volume of snow, and the news that Yoenis Cespedes was turning down the Nationals’ offer and returning to the Mets. In Washington, Cespedes would’ve replaced someone who’s already a decent center fielder. In New York, Cespedes will replace someone who’s already a decent center fielder. But...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Without A True Closer, Should Phillies Break The Mold?

One of the handful games I attended at Citizens Bank Park over the past three years was on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. My aim for the sunny Sunday afternoon was to simply enjoy myself. Nothing else. The Phillies were 69-79. They had no postseason hopes. Just relax and have a fun time. The Phillies actually scored first then built on their lead as the game progressed. David Buchanan pitched...
Via Phillies Nation
26 days ago  |  Discuss

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 GM Rizzo sounds like someone prepared to keep Papelbon

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo sounds very much like someone prepared to enter next season with Jonathan Papelbon as his closer, despite the pitcher's dugout brouhaha with NL MVP Bryce Harper last September. While not ruling out trading Papelbon, Rizzo spoke glowingly about the right-hander to reporters during a conference call on Saturday, a day...
Via AP on Fox
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 AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays acquire Drew Storen from the Nationals for Ben Revere

The Toronto Blue Jays have traded outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later to the Washington Nationals in exchange for reliever Drew Storen. The @BlueJays have acquired RHP Drew Storen from the Nationals for OF Ben Revere and a player to be named later. — Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) January 9, 2016   The Nationals, who recently...
Via The Outside Corner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Returns, Lists, and Bonuses

Truth be told, there weren’t any eye-opening or jaw-dropping moves this week, but some monetary details were hammered out for a couple players. As for Brandon Phillips, he’s still a member of the Cincinnati Reds. Oh, and Jonathan Papelbon—everyone’s favorite trade bait—made his list, checked it twice, and even updated it. Still with me? The Return of Jarrod Parker Oh...
Via The Sports Post
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

For the Phillies, their rebuild begins with starting pitching

Well, it took four seasons of mediocrity and dreadful play, a new manager, GM, and president of baseball operations, along with a Jonathan Papelbon crotch grab, but the Phillies appear to be finally ready to break it all down and start from scratch. The Phillies’ deal with the Astros last week that sent young star closer Ken Giles to Houston for a handful of promising prospects...
Via The Outside Corner
December 17, 2015  |  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

Senator Mitch McConnell says Nats 'need to get rid of Papelbon'

Jonathan Papelbon's time in Washington hasn't been very positive.In addition to his subpar on-field performance (3.04 ERA with seven saves after a deadline trade to the Nationals), Papelbon notoriously got into a fight with eventual MVP Bryce Harper during a game in September.Obviously, none of that has endeared him to fans and that includes Senator Mitch McConnell.During a Politco...
Via Fox Sports
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon's contract specifies he can block a trade to the Phillies, 16 other teams

Embed from Getty Images When the Phillies dumped closer Jonathan Papelbon on the Nationals, they got extremely lucky. In exchange for paying some money up front, the Nationals are covering all $11 million that Papelbon will earn in 2016. After choking Bryce Harper in a dugout heated exchange, it is...
Via Philliedelphia
December 15, 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

Holiday wish list: Washington Nationals

It's holiday season! Kids (and adults, sure) all around the world have put together wish lists for the holidays, hoping to get everything they could possibly want or need.It's also the baseball offseason, which means teams are more-or-less doing the same. Will they get everything on the list? Probably not. But it doesn't hurt to ask, right?Here's a few things that are likely on the...
Via Fox Sports
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals clubhouse "uncomfortable"; Nationals lose out on Zobrist, Heyward

View image | This offseason has been a difficult one for the Washington Nationals. The team has unsuccessfully tried to trade either closer Jonathan Papelbon or annoyed ex-closer Drew Storen. Additionally, the Nationas have failed to sign at least three of the major free agents thus far. The latest...
Via Philliedelphia
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros acquire closer Ken Giles from Phillies

Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston has reported the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to send closer Ken Giles to the Houston Astros. This deal was in the works all day and it was just a matter of time before it was completed. Told #Astros getting closer Ken Giles from Phillies for pitchers: Vince Velasquez, Bret Oberholtzer &OF Derek Fisher, pending physicals — Mark Berman...
Via The Outside Corner
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Jonathan Papelbon Files Grievance Against Washington Nationals

It appears Jonathan Papelbon and the Washington Nationals aren’t seeing eye to eye. The Nationals suspended Papelbon for four games without pay at the end of the season following his Sept. 28 dugout fight with teammate Bryce Harper.’s Rob Bradford reported Sunday, citing multiple major league sources, that Papelbon since has filed a grievance against the Nationals for...
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon reportedly filed grievance against Nationals

If you thought Jonathan Papelbon’s drama with the Washington Nationals ended when the regular season commenced, you were wrong. According to a report from WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Papelbon filed a grievance with the Nats over them withholding his pay during his four-game suspension. The Nationals suspended Papelbon four games for his fight with teammate Bryce Harper in the dugout...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 07, 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

Necessary Moves: Jonathan Papelbon, Washington Nationals

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded, but more along the lines of a “what if” scenario. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective and made up solely of notable names. A player can be deemed...
Via The Sports Post
December 02, 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

Who wants Jonathan Papelbon?

After some waffling, it appears the Washington Nationals do in fact want to be done with the short-lived Jonathan Papelbon experiment. Papelbon came in, divided the clubhouse, melted down, caused Drew Storen to melt down, and incited a near-brawl by throwing at Manny Machado‘s head more than once, all while forcing the Nationals to guarantee […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals Reportedly ‘Likely’ to Trade Both Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon

View image | The Washington Nationals bullpen took a step backwards last season. Once one of the most feared bullpens in the National League, the Nationals’ relievers were average with a 3.46 ERA. Now general manager Mike Rizzo is reportedly looking for an overhaul to get them back to their 2014 form. In part, their struggles can be attributed to the lack of...
Via KCM Sports
November 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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