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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: Washington | College: Mississippi State | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 90/82 | Average Draft Position: 170.96
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Closer Jonathan Papelbon picks up first save with Nationals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) New Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon picked up his first save with his new ballclub, as the preserved a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Thursday. Papelbon worked a flawless ninth inning, recording his 18th save of the year overall.

This was Papelbon's first appearance since being acquired by the Nationals on Monday.

Thursday's game went exactly according to plan, as Max Scherzer pitched the first seven, Drew Storen worked a clean eighth, and Papelbon finished it off in the ninth.


Nationals acquire Jonathan Papelbon from Phillies


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) The Phillies traded closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Nationals on Monday, confirmed CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Papelbon is 17 for 17 in save opportunities this season with a 1.59 ERA. Papelbon will take over closer duties for the Nationals with Drew Storen being used a setup man.

The Nationals will send pitcher Nick Pivetta to the Phillies, reports the New York Post. Pivetta has been pitching at Double-A.


Report: Nationals getting closer to acquiring Jonathan Papelbon


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) The Nationals are making progress on acquiring closer Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Papelbon, who has 17 saves and a 1.59 ERA this season, has made it clear he does not want to be moved to a team where he will not inherit the closer role.


Jonathan Papelbon won't sign off on trade unless he is closer


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Phillies relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon wants out of Philadelphia, but he will not sign off on a trade unless he is assured the closer role with another team, according to CSN Philly.

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon goes two to earn victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) The suddenly hot Phillies needed closer Jonathan Papelbon to put in a little extra work Wednesday to provide them with their fifth win in six games. He did just that.

Papelbon worked two innings, but threw just 20 pitches along the way, in blanking the Rays on one hit. He walked one and fanned one in securing his second victory in three decisions.

He has given up just one run in his last 10 innings and has two saves and a win in his last three appearances.


Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon earns save Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his 16th save of the season during Monday's 5-3 win over the Rays. He also struck out two batters.

Papelbon is now 16 for 16 in save chances this season with a 1.72 ERA.


Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon notches 15th save of season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon closed out the ninth inning of his team's win over the Marlins on Saturday with ease, as he recorded his 15th save of the season.

Papelbon now has a 1.77 ERA with 36 strikeouts and just seven walks in 35 2/3 innings of relief this season.


Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon serves up late homer on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/17/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon gave up a solo home run in the top of the ninth, but was able to preserve a 6-3 victory over the Marlins on Friday. Papelbon surrendered a one-out blast to Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, and then gave up a single to the next batter.

But he was able to escape the jam and the Phillies hung on for the win. It was a non-save situation for Papelbon, but he hadn't pitched in nine days--including the All-Star break--so he was handed the ball in the ninth inning. 


A.J. Burnett, Shelby Miller among NL All Stars not to pitch in game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) Five healthy National League pitchers didn't get into Tuesday's All Star Game:

A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

Every National League position player appeared in the game. 


GM: Phillies can 'probably' trade closer Jonathan Papelbon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has made it clear he wants out. But general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has made it equally clear that mere desire to leave does not make a trade.

Amaro told CSNPhilly.com that the Phillies have had "great dialogue with a lot of club on several fronts" and expressed confidence in "getting some things done." But he was making no guarantees on Papelbon.

"There's live discussions going on right now regarding Pap," he said. "I do believe that there's enough of a market that we can probably get something done. But again, I don't necessarily believe in 'probably.' ... There's a lot of clubs that are interested in a lot of our players and we have to sort through it and make the right deals."


RP Jonathan Papelbon says Phillies need to trade him


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/13/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has not been shy about expressing his desire to be traded from the last-place team, and he didn't hold his feelings back during All-Star media day, repeatedly saying he wanted and needed to be dealt, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

"It's time to you-know-what or get off the pot," the disgruntled reliever said on several occasions to the assembled media. 

Papelbon, the lone Phillies representative at the All-Star Game, is 14-for-14 in save opportunities this season. 


Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon retires side in non-save situation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth inning in a non-save situation to close out Tuesday's win over the Dodgers. 

Papelbon entered with a five run lead and retired all three batters he faced, striking out one. It's the third straight time that Papelbon has entered without a save on the line.  


Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon reiterates desire to be traded


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Phillies disgruntled closer Jonathan Papelbon has claimed that he would be both surprised and disappointed if he wasn't traded by the July 31 deadline, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Papelbon has been outspoken in his criticism of the front office for not rebuilding in the offseason and maintaining the core of a club that is on pace to lose 109 games.

"I don't make those decisions," he said. "The front office knows where my heart is and where my mind is. And that's to be with a contending ballclub. The ball is in their court."

Papelbon added, however, that he only wants to be dealt to a team that would maintain his role as a closer.


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon records 14th save of year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon needed just 15 pitches to close out the ninth inning and record his 14th save of the season on Sunday against the Nationals.

Papelbon allowed one hit and struck out a batter in the ninth.

Papelbon (1-1) has a 1.82 ERA with 33 strikeouts and seven walks in 29 2/3 innings this season.


Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon gives up run in non-save situation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon gave up one run in Sunday's win over St. Louis. 

Papelbon started the ninth with an eight-run lead, making it a non-save situation. He allowed a run on a solo home run, the first he's allowed since April 26. 

Papelbon struck out a batter as well. 


Phillies' Papelbon interested in deal to contender, Cubs, Blue Jays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is interested in being traded to any contender and is also willing to waive his 17-team no-trade clause for a deal to the Cubs or Blue Jays, team sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

One source said Papelbon is believed to prefer a trade to the Cubs. Papelbon is said to have talked about a deal to the Blue Jays in recent days, but it appears Toronto is more focused on acquiring a starting pitcher and aren't excited about Papelbon's $13-million vesting option for 2016.


Phillies P Jonathan Papelbon posts save against Orioles


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon earned his 13th save of the season in Thursday afternoon's 2-1 win over the Orioles. 

Papelbon entered the game in the ninth inning and retired the first three batters he face, which included recording one strikeout. Papelbon now has a 1.01 ERA in 26.1 innings pitched this season. 


Hurdles remain in Blue Jays pursuing Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) With the rumors heating up as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Blue Jays would have interest in Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

However, Toronto's interest will boil down to the Phillies paying Papelbon's contract way down and Philadelphia seeking little in the way of prospects in return, per Heyman. As of Thursday morning, the two sides haven't spoken in a while.

Papelbon is making $13 million in 2015 and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016, per Baseball-Reference.com.


Report: Phillies ready to trade closer Jonathan Papelbon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) The Phillies are ready to trade veteran closer Jonathan Papelbon if they find the ideal suitor, per Fox Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal.

The team has engaged in talks with the Blue Jays and Cubs, but a source told Rosenthal that the discussions are at an "impasse."

The 34-year-old Papelbon is guaranteed more than $8 million for the rest of this season and owns a $13 million player option for 2016 that will vest if he finishes just four more games. The Phillies are willing to pay a larger percentage of that money to land superior prospects, but the Jays and Cubs are both balking at the possibility of giving up significant money or talent.

Papelbon remains one of the most consistently productive closers in the game. He is 12 for 12 in save opportunities this season with a 1.13 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 24 innings.


Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon records 12th save of the year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/7/2015) It wasn't his smoothest performance of the year, but Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon got the job done in his team's 6-4 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Papelbon recorded his 12th save of the year, even if he allowed two hits and took 24 pitches to do so.

Papelbon has an impressive 1.13 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 24 innings this season.


Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon pitches perfect ninth for win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve a tie game, then became a winner when the Phillies earned a walk-off victory. 

Papelbon moved to 1-0 on the season, striking out two of the three batters he faced. 


Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon hasn't had save chance since May 20


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon struck out two batters in a scoreless inning of a relief during a 4-1 loss Sunday against the Rockies. He allowed one hit.

Papelbon has made two appearances in non-save situations since recording his last save on May 20. 

The veteran right-hander is having a pretty good season for the last-place Phillies, who have won just 19 games. Papelbon is a perfect 11 for 11 in save chances. He hasn't taken a loss this season, while posting a 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 19 relief outings.


The Phillies may be stuck with Jonathan Papelbon's contract


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) 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.