Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 7 days ago

Papelbon (illness) allowed a solo home run, but retired the rest of the hitters he faced to pick up his fourth save of the season Sunday.

Papelbon, who missed time recently due to an illness, has a 1.23 ERA and a 7:1 K:BB ratio in 7.1 innings this season.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 1 week ago

Papelbon missed Friday's game due to an illness, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

It is unclear if Papelbon will be available Saturday. He has three saves and has not allowed a run in 6.1 innings this season.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 2 weeks ago

Papelbon picked up his third save of the season Saturday, striking out one batter in a perfect ninth inning.

He's doing nothing to hurt his trade value so far, as Papelbon has allowed just a single baserunner through his first 4.1 innings of the season.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 3 weeks ago

Papelbon collected his second save of the season with a clean ninth inning to protect a 4-1 Phillies' lead in their win over Washington on Friday night.

He would love to be traded, the Philadelphia fans would love to see him go, and the rebuilding team would love to accommodate both if they could find someone willing to take on some of his robust salary. Until that happens, he'll likely the remain the closer while set-up man Ken Giles waits patiently to step in.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 3 weeks ago

Papelbon collected his first save of the year Wednesday by pitching 1.1 perfect innings with a strikeout against the Red Sox.

Ken Giles made a mess of the eighth inning, but the veteran closer was there to pick him up. A sharp first outing of the year for Papelbon, who should again be one of the game's better closers, but is at risk of being traded away from a bad Phillies team whose fans he's alienated.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 2 months ago

Papelbon was consistently hitting 93 mph with his fastball Saturday during his first out of the spring, CSN Philadelphia reports.

Papelbon's fastball velocity has been declining the past few seasons. He averaged 91.2 mph on his fastball last year. Seeing higher velocity this early in camp is a good sign. Papelbon will open the season as the Phillies' closer, but the club hopes to move him at some point as part of their rebuilding efforts.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 2 months ago

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Papelbon will be the Phillies' closer this season, the team's official site reports.It was pretty much a given, but the question was asked because Papelbon needs to finish 48 games this season to have his $13 million club option for 2016 vest. The option year has created some difficulties for the Phillies in their attempts to trade Papelbon this winter. He has finished no fewer than 52 games in each of the previous eight seasons, making the option a near lock to be executed provided Papelbon stays healthy. If the Phillies can trade Papelbon this spring, Ken Giles would be the favorite to close.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 3 months ago

GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said trade talks for Papelbon are still alive, CSN Philadelphia reports. "We're still having discussion and not just with one club," Amaro said.

Amaro would not name the teams the Phillies have talked to, but Milwaukee is considered the most viable trade partner. Toronto has also expressed interest. The sticking point in talks has been Papelbon's $13 million option for 2016, which he wants guaranteed in order to waive his no trade clause.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 3 months ago

The Phillies have recently had trade talks with the Brewers involving Papelbon, CSN Philadelphia reports.

Milwaukee is one of the teams Papelbon can block a trade to, but he indicated during last season that he would be willing to waive his no trade clause to move to a contender. He also reportedly wants his $13 million option for 2016 picked up in order to waive his no trade clause. Ken Giles would take over as the Phillies' closer if Papelbon gets dealt before the season begins.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 7 months ago

Papelbon logged his 39th save with a scoreless ninth inning against Atlanta on Friday night.

He allowed one hit and struck out one. Papelbon (39 saves, 2.04 ERA) just returned from a seven game suspension earlier in the week, and as expected, immediately stepped back into the closer's role. He has now converted both save chances since his reinstatement.