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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%: 85/74 | Average Draft Position: 170.97
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Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon dealing with an illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:07 am ET) 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.)."


Brewers still interested in adding closer-type reliever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Brewers assistant general Gord Ash said Friday the team is still in the market for a closer-type reliever, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He said the team would like to make a move before spring training opens.

Ash said Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon and free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez are in play for the Brewers.

However, there is no apparent interest in signing former Nationals closer Rafael Soriano, and Ash said former Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain doesn't fit their plans either.


Report: Blue Jays also interested in Jonathan Papelbon trade


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Along with the Brewers, the Phillies have also discussed trading closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Blue Jays, soruces told MLB.com.

Papelbon is due $13 million next season, which is believed to be one of the sticking points in negotiations. In 2014, Papelbon had 39 saves with a 2.04 ERA.


Report: Brewers in serious discussions for Phillies' Papelbon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Brewers are engaged in serious discussions for Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon, according to Yahoo Sports.

The 34-year-old Papelbon is owed $13 million next season, and has a vesting option for 2016 if he finishes 48 games in 2015. If that option vests, Papelbon would earn $13 million in 2016. Papelbon also has 17 teams on his no-trade list, and it's unclear whether the Brewers are one of those teams. Papelbon posted a 2.04 ERA over 66 1/3 innings last year.

The Brewers recently freed up cash by dealing pitcher Yovani Gallardo, causing some to believe another move was coming. The club did lose Francisco Rodriguez following a resurgent season, and hasn't done much to replace him this offseason. Jonathan Broxton was expected to step in as the team's closer, but he's missed significant time in two of the past four seasons. 


Jonathan Papelbon saves one Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon picked up a save Wednesday against the Marlins.

Papelbon entered with a one-run lead, and managed to shut the door. He allowed a double with one out, but was able to pitch out of trouble. After a flyout, Papelbon managed to strike out Enrique Hernandez to end the game. It was his 38th save of the season. 


Jonathan Papelbon returns from suspension


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon returns from a seven-game suspension Tuesday, and he'll immediately slide back into a ninth-inning role, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"He’s our closer right now, as we speak," manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Papelbon was ejected after making an obsence gesture to the crowd upon blowing a three-run lead in his last outing. The league later slapped him with a seven-game suspension. Papelbon owns a 2.10 ERA and 61:15 K:BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings to go with 37 saves.


MLB hands Jonathan Papelbon a seven-game suspension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has received a seven-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions following the top of the ninth inning of the Sunday against Miami, via the MLB Public Relations department.

Papelbon had a meltdown and allowed four runs in the ninth inning for the blown save and loss on Sunday. He has converted 37 of 41 save chances, with a 2.10 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP over 64 1/3 innings. He will not appeal, leaving him eligible to return Sept. 23 in Miami.

Jonathan Papelbon tossed after blowing save


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) Jonathan Papelbon's Sunday afternoon went from bad to worse, as he blew a three-run lead for the Phillies against the Marlins and was ejected from the game for making an obscene gesture to the crowd. Papelbon left the field to boos from the hometown fans after he allowed four runs in the top of the ninth with the winning run coming on a wild pitch. He responded with the gesture, which led to his ejection from the 5-4 loss.

In his one inning of work, Papelbon allowed four hits and a walk with one strikeout. He absorbed his fourth blown save of the season, and his record dropped to 2-3.


Jonathan Papelbon makes quick work of Marlins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon made quick work of the Marlins Saturday night for his 37th save of the season. He struck out one and needed only eight pitches to retire the side in order to close out a 2-1 victory. He has converted 37 of 40 save chances, with a 1.64 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings.

Jonathan Papelbon earns 36th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 36th save Tuesday, giving up a hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to end his team's 4-3 victory over the Pirates.

While the Phillies are far from where they would have liked to have been at this point in the season, Papelbon has done his job admirably despite enduring trade rumors at the deadline. He owns a 1.61 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 58:14 K:BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings.


Jonathan Papelbon secures 35th save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon earned his 35th save Saturday, allowing one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 win over the Nationals.

Papelbon needed just eight pitches (all strikes) to get through the ninth inning, bouncing back nicely after giving up a run in Friday's save. He owns a 1.64 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 57:14 K:BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings.


Cole Hamels and three relievers toss a combined no-hitter vs. Atlanta


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and three relievers tossed a combined no-hitter Monday afternoon against the Braves in Atlanta. It's the first combined no-hitter in franchise history.

Hamels was denied a no-hitter due to a high pitch count. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning with a no-hitter intact. He issued five walks and ran his pitch count to 108 before his day was over. He struck out seven over six hitless innings and picked up the win.

Jake Diekman struck out two in a perfect seventh inning and Ken Giles struck out the side in the eighth. Jonathan Papelbon needed nine pitches to retire Jose Constanza, Chris Johnson and Phil Gosselin to secure a 7-0 no-hit victory and the save.

Jonathan Papelbon saves 33rd game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon saved his 33rd game Tuesday against the Nationals.

Papelbon entered with a one-run lead, and was able to shut the door. He tossed a perfect inning, striking out one and inducing two flyouts. He lowered his ERA to 1.60 with the outing.