Jonathan Papelbon RUMORS & NEWS

  • Boos don't bother Papelbon, but Joe West does

    CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon has a lot more in his bag of tricks than just the tired, old crotch grab. And if he had really been mad at Phillies fans for booing him after a blown save chance last week at Citizens Bank Park, he would have unleashed something more original. “I did it because I needed a..." September 25

  • Jonathan Papelbon’s suspension is over

    Hardball Talk "Jonathan Papelbon has been activated from his seven-game crotch-grabbing suspension. And he has his old job back, as Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters that he will use Papelbon if a save situation arises. So good for him." September 23

  • MLB suspends umpire Joe West 1 game for Papelbon flap

    USA Today "Major League Baseball suspended Joe West for one game after the umpire grabbed Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon following Papelbon's ejection from a game on Sunday. Papelbon was suspended for seven games for making a lewd gesture toward fans at Citizens Bank Park after he blew a..." September 17

  • Phillies Papelbon suspended 7 games, fined for obscene gesture

    Newark Star-Ledger "Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games and fined after making an obscene gesture at fans at Citizens Bank Park after being pulled from Sunday's loss to the Florida Marlins. Papelbon grabbed his crotch and glared in the direction of booing Phillies fans after he was..." September 16

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    #MLB is looking into the Jonathan Papelbon incident. It's not just a #phillies internal matter.

  • Ruben Amaro is still shocked no one wants Jonathan Papelbon

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies had a surfeit of expendable players that were perfect for other teams, but the club stood pat as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline passed. GM Ruben Amaro said other GM’s were overvaluing prospects, and that his demands for his own players were reasonable. With the August 31..." August 25

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Tigers showing interest in Phillies LHP Bastardo, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me. Keeping tabs on all relievers -- including Papelbon.

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    Mark Saxon @markasaxon

    Spoke to a baseball source today who said he expects the #Dodgers to pursue Jonathan Papelbon

  • Phillies' Papelbon eager to be traded to contender

    CSN Philly "If a contending team wants Jonathan Papelbon, he’s ready to go. His limited no-trade clause will not be an issue. The Phillies’ closer racked up his 22nd save –- and third in as many games -- in the team’s 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night (see Instant Replay). Papelbon..." July 11

  • Papelbon rebounds, says he has much to prove

    CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon was in a much better mood than the last time we saw him as he pulled on his cowboy boots late Saturday afternoon in the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. It was good to get back in the saddle. It was good to rebound from Wednesday night’s Texas-sized disaster with a..." April 06

  • Jonathan Papelbon says he dealt with a hip injury last season

    CBSSports.com "Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon had a bit of a down year last season, at least according to his standards. To hear it from him, a hip injury may have been at least partially to blame. "Well, you know I had a couple things going on that I kind of grinded through," Papelbon told Angelo Cataldi..." March 03

  • Papelbon: 'If I was a gambling man I would take us to go all the way'

    CBSSports.com "The Phillies have gone from 102 wins in 2011 to 81 wins in 2012 to 73 wins in 2013, but that isn't stopping closer Jonathan Papelbon from being confident in their chances for 2014. Here's what he told reporters on Monday: Well, if Papelbon was a gambling man, he'd probably be out a ton of money..." February 17

  • Phillies and Orioles have discussed Jonathan Papelbon

    Hardball Talk "The quickly souring four-year $50 million deal the Phillies gave Jonathan Papelbon two years ago, and the Orioles’ recent fiasco with Grant Balfour may make the two teams unexpected trade partners. MASN’s Roch Kubatko is reporting that the Phillies and Orioles have discussed a trade involving..." December 21

  • Like Papelbon, Phils probably stuck with Rollins

    CSN Philly "The Phillies' entire roster is available for the right price, and as Buster Olney reminded on Monday, that includes shortstop Jimmy Rollins. The Phils shopped Rollins at the 2013 trade deadline but a move was never worked out, mostly because Rollins stated his desire to remain with the team..." December 17

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Folks who've talked with PHI say they're EXTREMELY motivated to move Papelbon. Could cost $39m for 2014-2016 seasons if '16 option vests.

  • Phillies must eat cash to trade Papelbon

    CSN New England "After losing out on Robinson Cano, the Yankees appear to have a boatload of money to spend. They also lost All-World closer Mariano Rivera to retirement. Could former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon be their next target? Not likely says Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam. The Philadelphia..." December 07

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Phillies trying to trade Papelbon.

  • Papelbon blows another game for Phillies

    Courier-Post "As fans exited Citizens Bank Park Thursday there were few loud boos which would’ve been warranted. It was more a state of shock at an incredibly awful finish. The 2-1 loss to the visiting Giants was three outs away from being a 1-0 victory. Jonathan Papelbon whose recent performance has drawn..." August 02

  • Papelbon, Phillies appear to be stuck with each other

    CBSSports.com "Phillies star closer Jonathan Papelbon expressed his dissatisfaction with what's going on with the Phillies. But here's some news for him: He's almost surely stuck there. "I can't imagine anyone taking that contract of his and giving Philadelphia pieces back'' one rival executive said basically..." July 29

  • Papelbon: Phillies need changes from top, down

    MLB.com "Jonathan Papelbon had only a couple minutes to talk Sunday morning at Comerica Park but he said plenty expressing the need for changes in the organization if things do not improve on the field. Papelbon signed a four-year $50 million contract in November 2011 but he has known mostly losing at..." July 29

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    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

    Papelbon with another blown save for the #Phillies. Hard to see #RedSox chasing him given salary remaining, recent performance.

  • No Phils are untouchable, but price on Lee, Papelbon would be very high

    CBSSports.com "Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro last week responded to a text seeking an interview with six very direct words. "Yes. But I'm not trading anyone.'' Amaro's position is understandable at this time, what with nobody running away yet in the NL East (though the Braves generally have played..." June 24

  • Jonathan Papelbon blows save, calls out Phillies for poor fundamentals

    CBSSports.com "In an otherwise spectacular season, Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon blew his second save of the series against the Nationals on Wednesday night. Jayson Werth did the honors with a run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth. Washington went on to win the game in extra innings. Papelbon..." June 20

  • Jonathan Papelbon enjoys where he’s at

    Boston Herald "Change is inevitable in the modern-day world of baseball, and that hasn’t been lost on Jonathan Papelbon. When he walked into Fenway Park yesterday, the jersey he sported looked a lot different. His choice of clubhouses was definitely not the same as the one he called home for seven years. Even..." May 28

  • Heavy-hearted Papelbon sends thoughts to Boston

    CSN Philly "Before taking the field for batting practice late Monday afternoon, Phillies players were riveted to television coverage of the bombings in Boston. The attacks hit home with closer Jonathan Papelbon, who spent seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox and lived in the neighborhood where the..." April 16

  • Papelbon remains unconcerned

    Courier-Post "The best closer in the history of baseball announced his retirement Saturday, just 20 minutes up I-275 from Bright House Field. The 2013 New York Yankees’ season will be Mariano Rivera’s last, as the 18-year veteran will end one of the most illustrious pitching careers ever seen. The Phillies..." March 10

  • Rollins agrees with Papelbon: Phillies lacked leadership in 2012

    CSN Philly "In the ongoing saga of Phillies leadership, Jimmy Rollins agrees with teammate Jonathan Papelbon’s assessment that there was a void in that department last year. “Identity might be the word,” Rollins said. “We had a lot of moving parts last year. Parts coming in, a lot of new parts coming in...." February 23

  • Papelbon looks for leadership from himself, mates

    CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon stands by his comments that the Phillies lacked leadership in 2012, and he believes he was one of the people who came up short in that area. “It was an all-around leadership void, from A to Z,” Papelbon said Friday at Phillies camp. “As far as the bullpen goes, I lacked a..." February 23

  • Jonathan Papelbon Says 2012 Phils Didn't Have Any Leadership

    CSN Philly "onathan Papelbon came to the Phillies last offseason with expectations of winning a championship in Philadelphia while cashing those fat checks. The Phils fell way short of expectations in 2012 and Papelbon reflected a bit on last season while down in Clearwater yesterday. Specifically, he said..." February 22

  • Papelbon: I got Toradol shots while with Boston

    ESPN.com "Former Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was with the team from 2005-11, said Saturday that he and numerous other Red Sox players were regularly injected with Toradol, a legal anti-inflammatory drug whose use has become increasingly controversial in sports. Toradol is the..." February 11

  • Jonathan Papelbon's 30-save streak stands alone

    Hardball Talk "Jonathan Papelbon protected a one-run lead Thursday against the Mets to earn his 30th save of the season. It's the seventh year in a row he's reached the milestone, a streak that is going to be by far the longest in baseball once the season ends. Besides Papelbon, only Mariano Rivera had saved..." August 30

  • Trio of Phils chip in as NL blanks AL in All-Star Game

    CSN Philly "Accusations of ballot-stuffing swirled when the San Francisco Giants placed three position players in the National League's starting lineup for the All-Star Game. New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson scoffed when he heard that Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval had been voted the..." July 11

  • Papelbon calls criticism of Manuel 'stupid'

    CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon came out in support of manager Charlie Manuel at All-Star festivities on Monday. The Phillies' closer said the team's struggles are not the fault of the skipper. "It's stupid," Papelbon said of the criticism that Manuel has received. "The same thing went on with Terry..." July 10

  • Pap: Clubhouse won't like it if Hamels is traded

    CSN Philly "The possibility of Cole Hamels being traded later this month was a hot topic at All-Star festivities on Monday. Hamels answered waves of reporters' questions on the subject. Teammate Jonathan Papelbon answered one question about it – and the Phillies' closer gave a stern..." July 10

  • Papelbon says his Sox exit was hastened once Francona left

    Boston Herald "So far, the Red Sox have been able to replace closer Jonathan Papelbon (18 saves with the Phillies) with Alfredo Aceves (19 saves) and not feel much pain. As it turns out, the team probably never stood a chance of re-signing the loquacious reliever once it fired manager Terry Francona after the..." July 10

  • Closer Papelbon kicks, tumbles away a save chance as Phillies fall to Mets 6-5

    Courier-Post "There were three All-Star pitchers in the game Thursday, and none of them pitched like All Stars. The most damaging, however, was when Jonathan Papelbon allowed two runs to score in the ninth inning as the Phillies suffered yet another debilitating loss, this time 6-5 to the Mets, in a season..." July 06

  • Papelbon finds new way to blow a save; Phils lose

    Courier-Post "The Phillies had a 5-4 lead over one of the NL's best pitchers of the year so far, R.A. Dickey, going into the bottom of the ninth inning. Jonathan Papelbon came in to close the game, but ended up blowing the save. He gave up three hits and one walk, eventually leading to the Phils losing 6-5..." July 06

  • Papel-bombed once again

    New York Post "Jonathan Papelbon's ninth-inning disaster gave the Philliesawrenching 6-5 loss to the Mets at Citi Field, and now the closer has blown two of his last three save chances. With the game on the line in the bottom of the ninth, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel made the move to replace..." July 06

  • Ruiz, Hamel and Papelbon named to NL All-Star team

    Courier-Post "Carlos Ruiz had never come close to making the National League All-Star team before, so when it finally happened Sunday and Ruiz was announced as a reserve for the Midsummer Classic, he immediately called his mother in Panama. "She was real happy," Ruiz said. "I can tell you that. She said..." July 02

  • Papelbon placed bounty for a walkoff homer

    CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon finally blew a save. Until Saturday's game against the Rays, the Phillies' closer was a perfect 17 for 17 in save opportunities. Yet he still found a way to contribute to the 7-6 win. Papelbon may have given Jim Thome just the inspiration he needed to hit his 13th career..." June 24

  • Papelbon OK pitching two innings if needed

    Courier-Post "Jonathan Papelbon said he thought for sure he was going to pitch two innings Wednesday night. It made perfect sense. The Phillies' once-safe 9-3 lead was down to a run after Cole Hamels and Antonio Bastardo allowed the Twins to score four runs in the seventh inning, which they barely escaped..." June 15

  • Papelbon's words ring louder than bats in Phils loss

    CSN Philly "There was more fire in Jonathan Papelbon's words than in the Phillies' bats on Monday night. Papelbon allowed a triple and an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning and took the loss as the Phillies were beaten, 4-3, by the Los Angeles Dodgers on an unusually raw night at Citizens Bank..." June 05

  • Papelbon doesn't hold back after Phillies fall in ninth

    Courier-Post "The question Jonathan Papelbon wanted to ask was simple. He wanted to know if home-plate umpire D.J. Reyburn could throw him out of the game for what the pitcher was thinking. It was, at best, a rhetorical question. What Papelbon was thinking after what appeared to be the third strike..." June 05

  • Papelbon saved his best for after the game

    Boston Globe "He had hoped to face some of his old pals like David Ortiz, but after Ortiz pinch hit in the eighth inning Friday night, that matchup was eliminated. Not that Jonathan Papelbon suffered any degree of discontent in his debut against his old team, the Red Sox, following a 6-4 Phillies win in..." May 19

  • Same old Jonathan Papelbon rings up Sox

    Boston Herald "Jonathan Papelbon jogged in from the bullpen with his typical look of menace, but the song was all wrong. In place of "Shipping Up to Boston," Papelbon took the mound to "For Whom the Bell Tolls," by Metallica. If the entrance was off-putting to Red Sox fans, what followed, depressingly, was..." May 19

  • Papelbon records save vs. Red Sox

    CSN Philly "Charlie Manuel spent Friday night high above home plate eating peanuts in the executive box. He had nothing to do with the Phillies' 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. Or did he? The Phillies are 7-1 since Manuel chewed out the club after it was swept by the New York Mets to..." May 19

  • Papelbon saving rest of bullpen

    Courier-Post "The last out nearly made it to the right-field wall, but Jonathan Papelbon wasn't worried. Hunter Pence corralled the fly ball off Cameron Maybin's bat to end the game, and Papelbon celebrated his 10th save of the year. It had been a long time coming. Sunday's victory marked the first..." May 14

  • Lack of execution costs Papelbon, Phils in loss

    CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon had an assortment of excuses he could have picked from. He hadn't pitched in five days. He was pitching in a non-save situation. He was facing a guy he had never seen before. After allowing a mammoth game-winning, three-run, ninth-inning pinch-hit home run to unheralded..." May 08

  • Utley improving; Papelbon feels for 'godfather'

    CSN Philly "Chase Utley is expected to join the Phillies for pregame workouts Saturday and, if all goes well, could head to Clearwater next week to step up his preparation for a return to game action. A chronic knee condition kept Utley out of spring training games. He has spent the last month working..." May 05

  • Jonathan Papelbon sees Cubs revival building under Theo Epstein

    Chicago Sun-Times "Sometimes Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon can't help himself. The closer for the team that has set the bar in the National League for the last five years finds his attention being drawn toward the last-place team in the NL Central. "It's kind of funny because I've already..." April 30

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