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58 Jonathan Papelbon RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/227 | Birthdate: 11/23/1980 | Birthplace: Baton Rouge, LA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Philadelphia | College: Mississippi State | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 85/75 | Average Draft Position: 171.07
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The Phillies may be stuck with Jonathan Papelbon's contract


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:37 am ET) The Phillies have been stuck with closer Jonathan Papelbon's contract, and may continue to be stuck moving forward, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Papelbon is making $13 million in 2015 and has a $13-million vesting option for 2016 that Milwaukee or another acquiring team may need to fully guarantee in order to get the pitcher to waive his no-trade clause.

"The dollars are just way too big," a rival GM said.


Phillies P Jonathan Papelbon closes out win against Rockies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon earned his 11th save of the season in Wednesday night's 4-2 victory over the Rockies. 

Papelbon has now recorded five saves in his last five appearances. He holds a 1.50 ERA for the season. Papelbon struck out five batters in the final inning of the game. 


Phillies P Jonathan Papelbon earns 10th save of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon entered the ninth inning of Monday's game against the Rockies with a two-run lead and he was able to record the final three outs to earn his 10th save of the season.

Papelbon allowed one run on two hits during the inning, but he struck out the side to earn the save. He is now a perfect 10 for 10 in save opportunities this season with a 3.24 ERA.


Jonathan Papelbon slams door for ninth save in Phillies win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his ninth save of the season in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks. Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two to seal the victory for Jerome Williams.

Papelbon has now gone five straight appearances without allowing a run, as he lowered his ERA to 1.13. He has yet to blow a save chance this season.


Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon gets 8th save of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon earned his eighth save of the season in Thursday afternoon's 4-2 win over the Pirates. 

Papelbon came in for Ken Giles in the ninth inning. Giles allowed an RBI double to Starling Marte which caused the pitching move to occur.

Papelbon then got Pedro Alvarez to ground out, which drove in a run from third. That earned run was credited to Giles. 

Papelbon then hit Jung Ho Kang with a pitch before getting Andrew McCutchen to hit a fly ball for an out to close the game. 

Papelbon now has an ERA of 1.20 for the season. 


Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon picks up seventh save of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon worked a nearly perfect ninth inning in Philadelphia's 3-2 win over the Pirates on Wednesday, earning his seventh save of the season and becoming the franchise's all-time saves leader.

Papelbon put the leadoff man on first with a walk, but worked out of it. After allowing the man on first to advance to third on a throwing error, Papelbon got Jordy Mercer to fly out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur, who then doubled off Steve Lombardozzi trying to score.

"Oh, man, I don't even know what just happened," Papelbon said after surpassing Jose Mesa with his 113th save with the Phillies, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I guess if there's one way to do it, that's the way to do it, go out an exciting way."

Papelbon lowered his ERA to 1.26 in 14 1/3 innings of work.


Jonathan Papelbon pitches scoreless ninth in Phillies loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's loss to Pittsburgh. 

Papelbon appeared in a non-save situation, his first action since Friday. He allowed one hit and struck out one, reducing his ERA to 1.35. 


Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon picks up sixth save Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon held the Mets scoreless in the ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the season during Friday's 3-1 win.

Papelbon entered with a two-run lead and only allowed one hit before recording the final three outs. He also struck out two batters during the outing. With the save, Papelbon tied Jose Mesa for the Phillies' record with 112 saves.

"It means a lot, actually," he said, per MLB.com. "A lot of people might not think that, but it means a lot. It's really humbling to be at the top with Jose Mesa. I didn't necessarily come here and do this and break this milestone. I came here to hopefully win some championships."

Papelbon is a perfect 6 for 6 in save opportunities this season and his ERA now stands at 1.46.


Phillies in no rush to trade Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) The Phillies remain in no rush to deal ace Cole Hamels and closer Jonathan Papelbon as teams suffer rotation injuries around the league, MLB.com reports.

"What people don't understand is nobody is holding a gun to our head to trade a player," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday. "Typically, if a team wants a player they typically will try to go get that player. If you really wanted to make a trade with the Phillies or any other club you would be the aggressor."

Amaro has been in discussions with multiple teams about his players.

"We have continued dialogue with a lot of clubs on several fronts," he said.

Amaro is waiting until some team comes to him with the right deal for one of his two star pitchers.

"I have no mandate to trade players," he said. "These are not financial deals. These are baseball deals. That's the beauty of the flexibility our ownership group is giving us. This is really about doing baseball deals. We don't have to move money."


Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon earns fifth save


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon picked up his fifth save of the season in Monday night's 4-1 victory over the Cardinals. 

Papelbon gave up one hit but struck out two batters in the save opportunity. His ERA for the season is now 1.08. Only once in seven appearances has Papelbon given up a run this season. 


Report: Phillies hoping to deal Jonathan Papelbon to Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) 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 allowed in his last 2 1/3 innings.

Papelbon, on the other hand, has been lights-out. He is 4-fof-4 in save opportunities and had not yielded a run until Sunday. He is also quite familiar with pitching at Fenway, having served as the Red Sox closer from 2006 through 2011. Papelbon is one of only a handful of major league closers that have maintained that role for more than a few years.


Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon records fourth save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon earned his fourth save of the season Sunday, surrendering a solo home run but protecting the lead in his team's 5-4 win over the Braves.

Papelbon was unavailable Friday due to an illness but was able to fill his regular role during Sunday's day game. He allowed two hits and issued one walk but was able to escape with just one earned run allowed on Alberto Callaspo's home run.

"He hung in there," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said to MLB.com. "Little scary there at the end, going up against the pads, but he got the job done."

Papelbon owns a 1.23 ERA and 7:1 K:BB ratio in 7 1/3 innings after surrendering his first run of the season Sunday.


Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon dealing with an illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable Friday night against the Braves due to an illness, reports MLB.com.

Papelbon, who said earlier this week he would be disappointed if the Phillies continue to lose and don't trade him to a contender, has struck out six and allowed only one baserunner over 6 1/3 scoreless frames to start the season. He has converted all three of his save chances and holds a 1.15 FIP.


Jonathan Papelbon pitches ninth in non-save situation for Phillies


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Jonathan Papelbon finished the Phillies 7-3 win over Miami on Tuesday. 

Entering with a four-run lead, Papelbon retired the side in order in a non-save situation. He struck out two. 

So far this year, Papelbon has allowed one baserunner and no runs in six and a third innings. 


Jonathan Papelbon saves third game for Phillies with perfect ninth


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon earned his third save of the season with a pefect ninth inning on Saturday. 

Papelbon struck out one and threw eight strikes in 10 pitches. 

Papelbon has allowed one baserunner and no runs in five and a third innings this season. 


Jonathan Papelbon saves second game of year for Phillies


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon earned his second save of the season on Friday. 

Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth inning, finishing a 4-1 win over the Nationals. He threw 10 pitches, nine for strikes. He hasn't allowed a baserunner in two and a third innings this season. 


Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon picks up 4-out save Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Phillies relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon earned the save Wednesday in Philadelphia's 4-2 win over the Red Sox. Papelbon was called on to get the Phillies out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth after Ken Giles walked home a run.

Papelbon got Hanley Ramirez to pop out to left field to end the inning. He then finished off the appearance in the ninth with a strikeout. Papelbon only had one four-out save all of last season.


Melvin: Failed talks to acquire Papelbon led to K-Rod contract


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the decision to sign closer Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year contract happened because talks were going nowhere in their attempt to acquire Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.

“We did engage them and didn’t come to a comparable deal for both sides,” Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We had a lot of conversations. It’s complicated because of next year with the $13 million (vesting option). Even if you agree to a deal, you have to go to the agent about the no-trade (clause to Milwaukee)."

Papelbon will be paid $13 million next season if he finishes 48 games in 2015.


Blue Jays might be option for Papelbon after Brewers sign K-Rod


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) With the news the Brewers are bringing back closer Francisco Rodriguez, Milwaukee trading for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is probably no longer on the table. Although, Papelbon doesn't seem disappointed he won't be dealt to Milwaukee.

“No, not really,” Papelbon said, per CSNPhilly.com. “I’m glad (Rodriguez) signed. I think he’s a talent that needs to be in Major League Baseball.

“I would have gone there if it was the right thing for me and if the Phillies felt it was the right thing for them, but obviously that wasn’t the case.”

The Phillies have also talked to the Blue Jays about a trade involving Papelbon, but the veteran closer would have to waive his no-trade clause to accept a deal to Toronto.

“Yes, Toronto, interests me -- if it interests (Phillies general manager) Ruben (Amaro),” he said. “I know some of the guys on their coaching staff. They’re a good team. If Ruben can do a deal with them, I’d be interested.”

While Papelbon would welcome a trade to a contender, if he stays with Philadelphia, he appears optimistic about the team's chances in 2015.

“If we come out and play the baseball we’re capable of playing then I plan on being right here and righting the ship here,” he said. “I want to right the ship here more than I want to leave. I’ll get more satisfaction turning this thing around and winning here than going somewhere else.

“My storybook ending here is sneaking into the wild card and getting hot in the playoffs with these Phillies.”


Jonathan Papelbon 'not sold' on Phillies rebuilding plan


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon met with the media at spring training on Friday and was critical of the team's front office. 

"In my opinion, I’m still not so sold on this entire rebuilding,” he told Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I know that that’s one of the things that myself and some of the veterans that are going to be coming into camp want to probably sit down with (the front office) and say, ‘Hey, you know. Let’s get a little bit better feel on the state of the organization and let’s come up with a plan and go one way or the other. I just think we’re kind of in limbo now.”

The 34-year-old Papelbon was the subject of offseason trade rumors. He said he'd welcome a deal. "For me, I would go anywhere that wants me,” he said. “If Philadelphia still wants me and they want me to be a piece of this puzzle and continue to be a leader in this bullpen, I love my chances of staying here and competing. But if Toronto wants me, if Milwaukee wants me, whoever wants me, they’re going to get someone who knows how to compete and go play ball and lay it on the line. That’s basically what it boils down to for me."


Report: Talks between Brewers-Phillies involving Papelbon are idle


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Talks between the Brewers and Phillies regarding a trade involving Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon are inactive, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. 

Previous discussions between the two clubs involved the Phillies paying a significant part of Papelbon's contract, if the Brewers sent a top prospect in return, per sources.

However, Milwaukee was unwilling to make that deal, and instead offered reliever Jonathan Broxton to Philadelphia as a way to offset finances. But the Phillies viewed that offer as even less attractive since they were not landing a top prospect and didn't see the significant financial benefit, sources said.

Broxton will earn $9 million this season, and his deal includes a $9 million club option or $1 million buyout for 2016. Papelbon will earn $13 million this season, and his $13 million option for '16 will vest if he finishes 48 games. The Brewers are on Papelbon's no-trade list, and he would likely require them to pick up his option, if he were to approve a trade.


Amaro: Phillies 'still having dialogue' about Jonathan Papelbon trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) The Phillies have talked to the Brewers and Blue Jays about a trade involving closer Jonathan Papelbon. Sources told ESPN those discussions are "not dead," but they don't seem to progressing either.

"Same as last week, and a couple of weeks ago, and the week before that. Not much has changed," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said about trade discussions involving Papelbon. "We're still having dialogue. But not much has changed."


Brewers, Phillies still considering Jonathan Papelbon deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) The Brewers and Phillies are still considering a trade involving Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, but more work needs to be done between the two sides regarding player compensation heading to Philadelphia, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Brewers are considered the favorites to acquire Papelbon, but one person suggested that the teams are in "a holding pattern," which appears to be related to a gap in opinions about the players Milwaukee would send to Philadelphia in a deal. The Blue Jays, another team interested in acquiring Papelbon, are considered a long shot.

Papelbon is due to make $13 million in 2015 and has a $13-million vesting option for 2016 that Milwaukee or another acquiring team may need to fully guarantee in order to get the pitcher to waive his no-trade clause.


Talks still ongoing for Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Trade talks are still ongoing for Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon, according to CSNPhilly.com.

General manager Ruben Amaro confirmed the news, saying, "things are still alive. We're still having discussion — and not just with one club." Rumors surfaced recently that the Brewers were in talks for Papelbon, but nothing came out of those discussions. It's unclear if Milwaukee is still interested in the 34-year-old Papelbon.

Despite the fact that talks are ongoing, Amaro said he wasn't sure a deal would be completed. "I'm not sure," he said. "We'll see. It’s complicated. There are a lot of different factors involved." 

Papelbon posted a 2.04 ERA over 66 1/3 innings last year. 


Blue Jays have discussed adding RPs Papelbon, Soriano, K-Rod


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the team has talked about adding relievers Rafael Soriano, Francisco Rodriguez and Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon to the roster, according to MLB Network Radio.

"We've talked about those names," Gibbons said Monday. "I know (Blue Jays general manager) Alex Anthopoulos has talked to their representatives and (Phillies general manager) Ruben (Amaro Jr.)."