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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon not on thin ice

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:55:25 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon has allowed four hits in his three innings of work so far this year, and he allowed a massive home run Sunday, April 10, but manager Dusty Baker is not worried about his closer. Papelbon has allowed the tying or go-ahead run come to the plate twice in which he has been handed a lead of at least two runs. However, he's yet to allow a walk. Papelbon's average fastball velocity is 90 mph so far, down from 91.4 mph in 2015 and down from 94.8 mph five seasons ago.

Fantasy Tip: Now that Papelbon isn't throwing as hard, saves may be tougher to come by, and he won't always be kind to your ERA and WHIP as a reliever. However, he'll have plenty of rope in the closer's role. But because of his shakiness in recent seasons, he's more of a SP2.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon has rough outing

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:29:42 -0800

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon allowed four runs (three earned) in the ninth inning in his spring outing Friday, March 11.

Fantasy Tip: Don't put too much stock in spring results, especially for relievers. Plus, Paps was under the weather earlier this week, so that may have played a part. Papelbon is on a contending team, but his lower strikeout rates make him a bit more of a risk than ever before. Consider him more of a second fantasy closer.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon likely to stay

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:06:44 -0800

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon is expected to remain with the Nationals, especially after the team just traded RP Drew Storen to the Toronto Blue Jays. General manager Mike Rizzo hasn't ruled out a trade of Papelbon, but the GM spoke highly of his closer on a conference call Saturday, Jan. 9. "We see Papelbon as being one of our late-inning relievers. He's been very effective at it his entire career, including last year, except for the last portion of the season," Rizzo said. Papelbon is guaranteed $11 million in 2016. RPs Shawn Kelley, Yusmeiro Petit and Trevor Gott were mentioned by Rizzo as possibilities for the eighth-inning setup role to Papelbon.

Fantasy Tip: Despite all of the talk surrounding Papelbon's fracas with Bryce Harper at the end of last season, he remains one of the better closers in the league and is on a winning club. Now that Storen is out of the picture, Papelbon is an even safer fantasy closer as a top-tier ninth-inning fireman.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon's no trade list

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:20:08 -0800

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon has a provision in his contract every year that allows him to submit a list of 17 teams with whom he can block a potential deal. Papelbon's no-trade list for 2015 includes the Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays. Papelbon is slated to make $11 million next season in the final year of his contract.

Fantasy Tip: Considering the closer's situation for some of those teams, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Papelbon lift his no-trade clause in order to be dealt to at least one of those clubs that needs ninth-inning bullpen help. Regardless of where he goes, if the six-time All Star is able to close somewhere, he'll still be a desirable fantasy commodity. Papelbon might not be the best player for team chemistry purposes, but he still has the ability to be an effective closer in 2016.

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Nationals | Nats looking at Mark Melancon

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 15:29:29 -0800

The Washington Nationals have talked to the Pittsburgh Pirates about RP Mark Melancon, but the talks are not serious, according to a source. The Nationals would have to make another trade of either RPs Jonathan Papelbon or Drew Storen before talks for Melancon could get serious.

Fantasy Tip: Melancon had a career year in 2016 and it will be hard for him to match that in 2016. That doesn't mean he won't be worth grabbing as one of the more coveted closer's in fantasy drafts, but beware of some regression in terms of ERA and WHIP.

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Nationals | No bullpen changes expected for Nationals

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 14:43:20 -0800

Washington Nationals RPs Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen are in the plans for the 2016 season, according to general manager Mike Rizzo. While Rizzo noted a deal is possible if it made baseball sense, "we're not looking to dump anybody."

Fantasy Tip: Papelbon struggled in the closer role after joining the Nationals with just seven saves, a 3.04 ERA and a 6.1 K/9. However, it is likely he starts the season in the role. Storen, similarly, pitched great until Papelbon arrived, as Storen recorded 29 saves with a 1.73 ERA before losing his closing job. Whoever leaves spring training as the closer checks out as a mid-tier option at the position.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon files grievance

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:26:47 -0800

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon has filed a grievance against the Nationals for not paying his salary during his team-imposed suspension last season. According to the sources, the player's stance is that there is no precedent of a player having his salary withdrawn after such a team-issued suspension.

Fantasy Tip: Paps hasn't done much to endear himself to the team and could wind up on another team before the season. He doesn't throw as hard anymore, but he has continued to close out games at a very successful rate. If he ends up in a non-closer situation, his value plummets because of his 7.96 K/9.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon, Drew Storen available?

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:59:58 -0800

Washington Nationals RPs Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen are available for trades this offseason. Storen asked to be traded at the end of last year when the Nats traded for Papelbon.

Fantasy Tip: Papelbon served as the closer for the Nats after being acquired, which killed Storen's fantasy value. Storen only has appeal in a ninth-inning role, so he could be back on the fantasy radar if Papelbon is dealt again.

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Nationals | WAS looking to move relievers

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:43:00 -0700

The Washington Nationals are expected to make attempts to trade RPs Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen this offseason.

Fantasy Tip: Papelbon went 2-2 with a 3.04 ERA in 22 appearances for the Nats after being acquired from the Phillies during the middle of the 2015 season, with seven saves in nine attempts. However, his attitude and bloated contract will make it difficult to find teams interested in acquiring him. Storen saved 29 games and posted a 3.44 ERA in 58 games but was not pleased with being demoted from the closer's role following Papelbon's arrival, making a potential return to D.C. next year awkward.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon out for year

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:41:39 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended four games by the team for a dugout altercation with OF Bryce Harper, on top of his previous three-game suspension from the league. Papelbon will now miss the rest of the season.

Fantasy Tip: With Drew Storen also out for the next week with an injury, it looks like Casey Janssen should be the front-runner to close out games for the Nats for the last week of the season. Grab him immediately if you owned Paps or if you're still searching for a final boost in saves to take you to a championship.

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