Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 1 month ago

The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to trade relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, according to FOX Sports. The trade has not been made official, but it seems as if Papelbon is headed to Washington, where he will reportedly take over as the team's closer. Papelbon's contract includes a no-trade clause, so any deal will have to be approved by him, as well as the guarantee that he will serve as the closer wherever he lands, that his $13 million vesting option is exercised and that he winds up with a contender. Drew Storen is currently serving as the closer in Washington, but he would seemingly move back to a setup role once the deal is done. Despite the Phillies' struggles this season, Papelbon is 17-for-17 in save opportunities and has a 1.59 ERA, the second lowest of his career.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 2 months ago

Papelbon reiterated Monday that he wants to be traded, CSN Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury reports.

The Phillies presumably don't have any objections in theory, but they need to find a taker for Papelbon's contract. The 34-year-old reliever is signed for $13 million this season, with a $13 million vesting option for 2016 that will kick in if he reaches 48 games (he's already pitched in 32). He also has a partial no-trade clause, which he might not be willing to waive unless his new team were to fully guarantee the vesting option. A deal will probably get worked out by July 31, but it won't be an easy matter to settle unless the Phillies deal Papelbon to a team that's not on his no-trade list, and also agree to pay some of his salary. Once/if Papelbon is traded, Ken Giles will step in as the closer for a team that won't provide many save opportunities. There is perhaps some chance Papelbon will draw interest from teams that want to use him as a setup man, which could provide yet another obstacle in negotiations.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 2 months ago

Papelbon allowed a hit and struck out one during a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Nationals to earn his 14th save of the season.

The 34-year-old is now 14-for-14 in save opportunities and lowered his ERA to 1.82 after Sunday's performance. The only thing working against Papelbon's fantasy stock is a lack of chances for a terrible Phillies team, but a trade seems likely at some point this season and could provide a boost for his owners.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 3 months ago

The Phillies have spoken to the Blue Jays about Papelbon recently, CSN Philadelphia reports.

This isn't the first time the two sides have discussed Papelbon. He can block a trade to Toronto, but said earlier this year that he would waive his no trade rights to go there. Papelbon's contract remains the biggest stumbling block to a deal. He needs to finish just 26 more games this season for his $13 million option for 2016 to vest. He will likely require that money to be guaranteed up front to accept a trade to any team on his no trade list. Ken Giles will take over closing duties in Philly if Papelbon gets dealt.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 3 months ago

Papelbon picked up his 12th save of the season Sunday with a scoreless inning against the Giants.

The Phillies are one of the worst teams in the league this season, so save chances have been limited for Papelbon. He has made his opportunities count and is now a perfect 12-for-12 in save chances.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 3 months ago

Papelbon struck out two in a perfect ninth to pick up his 11th save of the season Wednesday against the Rockies.

Papelbon is now 11-for-11 in save opportunities this season to go along with a pristine 1.50 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. He also has an impressive 23:4 K:BB ratio in 18 innings of work this season.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 3 months ago

Papelbon worked a perfect ninth inning of Saturday, striking out two, to notch his ninth save of the season.

He's now got a 1.13 ERA and 18:4 K:BB ratio in 16 innings on the season. The Phillies continue to hold out hope that another team will be willing to overpay for Papelbon in a deal, but at least he isn't doing anything to hurt his trade value in the meantime.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 4 months ago

Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to pick up his seventh save of the season.

Papelbon, who is now the Phillies' all-time saves leader with 113, got some help from Jeff Francoeur who gunned down the potential tying run at home plate. He is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities this season.

Jonathan Papelbon RP WSH 4 months 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 WSH 4 months 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.