Jonathan Papelbon RUMORS & NEWS

  • Jersey from Bryce Harper-Jonathan Papelbon scuffle for sale at auction

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "You can now own a unique piece of Washington Nationals history, as the jersey Bryce Harper wore during his dugout fight with Jonathan Papelbon last September is now up for auction. Harper even signed it. The game-worn, dirt-stained uniform is now available to the highest bidder through..." May 21

  • Bryce Harper misplayed a ball, and Papelbon seemed displeased

    CBS Sports "The Nationals on Thursday fell to the Phillies at home by a score of 3-0 (box score) and as such were swept by the presumed non-contenders. This particular contest was still in doubt in the late innings. In fact, Nats manager Dusty Baker summoned closer Jonathan Papelbon in the road half of the..." April 29

  • Papelbon strikes fear in reporter after name mishap

    The Score "Washington Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon is one of the most intimidating players in the majors, and MASN reporter Dan Kolko, for a few brief seconds Wednesday, thought he may be choked out like Bryce Harper was by the veteran last season. Kolko began his postgame interview by thanking a..." April 21

  • Papelbon after Nats' loss: 'We won the (bleeping) series, man'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the 2016 season on Sunday as the Nationals fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 in 10 innings. CSN Philly caught up with the Nats' closer afterwards and he gave them a pretty awesome quote on the loss. “We’re in first place and we won the (bleeping)..." April 18

  • Mostly cheers but some boos for Papelbon at Nats' home opener

    CBS Sports "On Thursday, the Nationals lost their home opener to the Marlins by a score of 6-4. Of note from the Nats' standpoint is that outfielder/NL MVP Bryce Harper notched his 99th career home run. Speaking of Harper, you'll of course recall that toward the end of the 2015 regular season, he and..." April 08

  • Jonathan Papelbon apologizes for dugout incident with Bryce Harper

    ESPN "Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon apologized Friday for last season's dugout incident when he choked star outfielder Bryce Harper. "Me and Bryce, we're good," Papelbon said. "I've apologized to him. I've apologized to my teammates. I want to apologize to the fans and the coaches and everyone..." February 20

  • Nats believe Harper-Papelbon feud no longer an issue

    The Score "The last time Washington Nationals teammates Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper shared the dugout, they were involved in a heated exchange that resulted in the closer choking the reigning National League MVP. Fast forward four months and other Washington players don't believe any animosity has..." January 30

  • Nationals GM expects to keep Papelbon

    The Score "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..." January 09

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Papelbon can block a trade to following teams: ARI, ATL, BAL, CIN, COL, CWS, HOU, KC, LAD, MIA, MIL, MIN, OAK, PIT, SEA, TEX, TOR

  • Jonathan Papelbon has 17 teams on no-trade list

    ESPN "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a checklist in mind for the Washington Nationals if they plan to improve upon their disappointing 83-win season. It begins with a change of scenery for closer Jonathan Papelbon, whose most headline-worthy moment of 2015 came when he clashed with teammate..." December 16

  • Jonathan Papelbon files grievance against Nationals

    WEEI Boston "Jonathan Papelbon‘s brief tenure with the Nationals hasn’t exactly gone swimmingly. According to multiple major league sources, the former Red Sox closer has filed a grievance against Washington for failing to pay his salary during the team-imposed four-game suspension at the conclusion of the..." December 07

  • Jonathan Papelbon is “untradeable”

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of CBS Sports spoke to an anonymous baseball executive, who said that Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon is “untradeable”. The Nationals are hoping to trade both Papelbon and the man he displaced, Drew Storen. Papelbon has a poor reputation in baseball, particularly after a dugout..." November 29

  • Papelbon, Storen 'likely' to be traded

    The Score "The Washington Nationals' offseason overhaul could reportedly include dismantling their high-profile bullpen. Sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Nationals are "likely" to move both All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon and right-hander Drew Storen this offseason in an effort to..." November 23

  • Papelbon's issue is with fans, not teammates

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "There may be no more complex question facing the Nationals this winter than this: What do they do with Jonathan Papelbon? Mike Rizzo acquired the veteran closer at the trade deadline not only because the general manager thought he could help his team down the stretch but because he was signed..." November 12

  • Beef squashed? Bryce Harper, Papelbon are reportedly 'fine'

    Washington Post "When Dusty Baker is introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals on Thursday, he may have one fewer problem to worry about than most assume. Since the end of the season, Bryce Harper has reached out to Jonathan Papelbon to make sure their relationship as teammates is functional next..." November 04

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

    Larry Brown Sports "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..." September 30

  • Nationals remove Papelbon jerseys from team store

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Washington Nationals on Monday removed Jonathan Papelbon jerseys from the team store ahead of the team’s 2015 season home finale. The Papelbon jerseys, which were prominently placed next to jerseys of Bryce Harper — the closer’s enemy combatant in an ugly dugout skirmish during Sunday’s..." September 29

  • Nats suspend Papelbon for rest of 2015

    SB Nation "The Nationals announced that Jonathan Papelbon's season is over effective immediately, as he not only dropped his appeal and will serve his three-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Manny Machado, but Washington has also suspended him for the remaining four games. This is Papelbon's..." September 28

  • Matt Williams didn’t know about the severity of the Harper-Papelbon altercation

    Hardball Talk "Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon and outfielder Bryce Harper were in an altercation during the bottom of the eighth inning during Sunday’s loss to the Phillies. It involved Papelbon lunging at Harper and wrapping a hand around his throat. Despite the incident, Papelbon took the hill in the..." September 28

  • Jonathan Papelbon apologizes for dugout altercation with Bryce Harper

    Sporting News "Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon apologized Sunday for his altercation with Bryce Harper in the team's dugout during a 12-5 loss to the Phillies. "First of all, let me say, I'm in the wrong there," Papelbon said, via . "I've got to leave that up to our manager. "I've talked to..." September 28

  • Bryce Harper, Jonathan Papelbon brawl in dugout

    SB Nation "The season has not gone according to plan for the Nationals, and tempers are starting to flare. Harper hit a soft pop up, put his head down and jogged to first. This did not make Papelbon happy, and he began shouting at Harper as he returned to the dugout. Never one to shy away from..." September 27

  • Jonathan Papelbon suspended three games for throwing at Manny Machado

    Yahoo! Sports "Jonathan Papelbon, the bad-boy closer of the Washington Nationals, found himself in trouble again this week, after an altercation with Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles. He threw a pitch near Machado's head Wednesday night, then hit Machado on the shoulder two pitches later. It led to an..." September 26

  • Manny Machado calls Jonathan Papelbon a ‘coward’ after being hit

    Larry Brown Sports "Manny Machado played the role of hero Wednesday night when he blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 lead — one they would not relinquish — over the Washington Nationals. Two innings later, Jonathan Papelbon made Machado pay the price. And Manny was..." September 24

  • Confirmed: Papelbon Trade Was a Mistake!

    Baseball Essential "On July 29, I wrote an article addressing the Jonathan Papelbon to Washington Nationals trade. I said it was a complete mistake then, and I’ll say it again. The Nationals made a mistake in picking up Papelbon. Don’t get me wrong, Pap hasn’t been bad pitching-wise. He’s saved all the games..." September 16

  • Jonathan Papelbon has harsh words about ex-Phillies teammates

    CSN Philly "One hundred forty-five games into this fetid season, the Phillies’ problem has finally become clear. They didn’t have enough Jonathan Papelbons. That’s basically what the man himself said upon returning to Citizens Bank Park on Monday for the first time since being traded to the Washington..." September 15

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    Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

    Sources: Papelbon or his agents talking to Nats about a potential trade. Issues to resolve: no-trade, being a closer and 2016 club option.

  • Nationals acquire Jonathan Papelbon from Phillies

    MLB Daily Dish "It was no secret that Jonathan Papelbon wanted to be traded, and it appears as though he's gotten his wish. According to Jon Morosi, the Phillies have agreed to send him to the Washington Nationals. Drew Storen is the current ninth for the Nationals, but with Papelbon's addition, that's likely no..." July 28

  • Jonathan Papelbon will be traded by the Phillies

    Hardball Talk "Where and for what has yet to be determined–the Nationals are said to be making a strong push, for instance–but Jim Salisbury of reports that the Phillies will trade closer Jonathan Papelbon prior to Friday’s deadline. Papelbon has made it very clear that he wants out of..." July 28

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Nationals making progress on acquiring Papelbon from #Phillies. Papelbon has said he will only approve deal if he can close.

  • Nats, Jays and maybe even Cubs are possible for closer Papelbon

    CBS Sports "The Blue Jays and Nationals are seen as the two most likely destinations for controversial but consistent veteran Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. However, a third team has emerged, with the Cubs also in the mix as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Washington, an interesting possible..." July 27

  • Nationals do not appear a likely fit for Papelbon "Given Jonathan Papelbon's limited no-trade clause and his insistence on remaining a closer, the Washington Nationals - reportedly the latest team to discuss acquiring his services - do not appear a likely fit. The Phillies and Nationals have discussed Papelbon, according to FOXSports. However,..." July 26

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    Jim Salisbury @JSalisburyCSN

    Re: Wash reported interest in Pap (@Ken_Rosenthal). Talked to him about that today. Phils have not approached him. Won't go unless he closes

  • Jonathan Papelbon Tackles, Pummels Teammate After Phillies' Walk-Off Victory

    Bleacher Report "After coming through with a walk-off hit, Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera was probably the happiest person at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday afternoon. Well, he was probably the happiest person in the stadium until he saw Jonathan Papelbon making a beeline for him...." July 22

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    I'm getting no sense the #Phillies have any traction in a Papelbon deal. That $13M option for 2016 remains a sticking point.

  • Papelbon, Hamels still here, but for how much longer?

    CSN Philly "Eleven days before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies are trying to get a deal done. “We have had a lot of active discussions the last few weeks actually,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday afternoon. “And I think they will continue to pick up. Just like every July 31st,..." July 21

  • Papelbon still begging Phillies to trade him

    Courier-Post "Put a microphone or tape recorder in front of Jonathan Papelbon and the veteran closer will speak his mind, more often than not saying something controversial. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise Papelbon wasn’t afraid to speak his mind Monday in Cincinnati during All-Star Game media..." July 15

  • Jonathan Papelbon wants trade, tells Phillies to ‘s— or get off the pot’

    Larry Brown Sports "Jonathan Papelbon has seemingly wanted out of Philadelphia since the day he signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the team after the 2011 season. While speaking at the site of the MLB All-Star Game on Monday, the 34-year-old reiterated that he wants to be traded. When Papelbon was asked..." July 13

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Heavy scouting presence as Papelbon averaged 94.1 mph yesterday in nine-pitch save. Other teams inquiring beyond #BlueJays, #Cubs.

  • Phillies “engaged in recent trade discussions” with Cubs, Blue Jays on Jonathan Papelbon

    Hardball Talk "This comes from Ken Rosenthal’s Facebook account … The Philadelphia Phillies are ready to trade closer Jonathan Papelbon. They are willing to pay a significant portion of his contract. The only question is how the story ends. The Phils have engaged in recent trade discussions with both Blue..." June 11

  • Papelbon becomes Phillies' all-time leader in saves

    CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon signed a $50 million contract with the Phillies before the 2012 season. He began that season with 17 straight saves before blowing a two-run lead against Tampa Bay in the top of the ninth inning on June 23. After giving up the tying runs that day, Papelbon walked into dugout..." May 14

  • Phillies hoping to deal Jonathan Papelbon to Red Sox

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "The Phillies are trying to convince the Red Sox to trade for closer Jonathan Papelbon, according to the Boston Globe. Such a deal could make sense for Boston considering that current closer Koji Uehara has lost a bit of velocity and owns an uncharacterstic 4.15 ERA with two runs and five hits..." April 27

  • Jonathan Papelbon: I Want To Go Into Hall Of Fame As Member Of Red Sox

    NESN "Jonathan Papelbon’s life, career and reputation changed forever after the 2011 season. Papelbon left the Boston Red Sox to sign a four-year, $50 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s been a bumpy ride ever since despite the veteran closer still getting the job done between the..." April 10

  • Very unlikely Red Sox would re-acquire Jonathan Papelbon from Phillies

    Boston Herald "Never mind Cole Hamels. Maybe the Red Sox should trade for another Phillies pitcher. Maybe they should bring back Jonathan Papelbon. Sorry. Not happening. According to multiple major-league sources, it is highly unlikely the Sox would make a move for Papelbon, even if 40-year-old closer Koji..." April 06

  • Papelbon: I'd be Interested in Trade to Jays

    CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon had just finished running sprints at Phillies camp when he heard that the Milwaukee Brewers had filled their vacant closer’s role by re-signing Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million deal. Papelbon, who has not hidden his desire to pitch for a winner, had been on the..." February 27

  • Phillies continue to have trouble dealing Papelbon

    Fox Sports "To illustrate the difficulty that the Phillies are experiencing in trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon, consider a recent turn in their discussions with the Brewers. The Phillies only were willing to pay a significant part of Papelbon's contract if the Brewers parted with a top prospect,..." February 12

  • Papelbon still on table for Milwaukee, but there's gap over player return

    CBS Sports "The Brewers and Phillies are still considering a deal involving star closer Jonathan Papelbon, though there appears to be a bit of work yet to do. Milwaukee is said to be the favorite to land Papelbon, but one person suggested early Wednesday the sides may be in a bit of a “holding pattern.”..." February 04

  • Brewers say “not much has happened lately” in trade talks for Jonathan Papelbon

    Hardball Talk "The Brewers finalized a one-year, $3 million contract with veteran left-handed reliever Neal Cotts on Friday, but they are still in the market for a closer. Jonathan Broxton currently projects to be the team’s closer for 2015, but Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash told Adam McCalvy of..." January 31

  • Say hey, baseball: Jonathan Papelbon trade talks ongoing

    SB Nation "Wednesday morning's baseball includes continued Papelbon trade discussions, A's fans (legitimate) dislike of Bud Selig, and a Panda making a half-court shot from his butt. Listen, we know it's tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of..." January 29

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    I get impression #Brewers would like to find way to do problematic Papelbon trade. If that fails, fall-back position likely is K-Rod.

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    Last remaining obstacle to trade sending Papelbon to #Brewers is working out how much $ #Phillies would pay if Papelbon's option vests

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