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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon put on DL

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:55:05 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain Tuesday, June 14. RP Matt Belisle (calf) was activated from the DL in a corresponding move.

Fantasy Tip: Despite saving 16 of his 18 chances this year, Paps was very shaky with a 3.28 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 2.9 walks per nine. Because there's still a decent chance he'll be in the mix for saves when he's back, you'll probably want to stash him at least in deeper formats. Intercostal injuries are tricky, so don't be surprised if Papelbon is out beyond 15 days. Shawn Kelley needs to be owned everywhere now. He pitched 1 2/3 innings for his first save Monday night and has been a much better reliever than Papelbon this season. Kelley could continue seeing saves opportunities even after Papelbon returns to full health.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Washington Post - Chelsea Janes

Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon unavailable

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 19:57:52 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon (undisclosed) was unavailable Monday, June 13, against the Chicago Cubs due to some soreness, manager Dusty Baker said. The soreness is not in his arm. Papelbon will be re-evaluated Tuesday, June 14. RP Shawn Kelley earned the five-out save in Papelbon's stead.

Fantasy Tip: Papelbon has struggled recently, but apparently his absence Monday was not performance-related and due to this injury. He remains a shaky second or third fantasy closer option in most formats. If you depend on Papelbon, it's a good idea to grab Kelley just in case of a long-term injury to Papelbon or a continued rough stretch which eventually costs him his job.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon's job safe

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:20:39 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon's job as the ninth-inning closer is safe for now, according to manager Dusty Baker. Papelbon is 16-for-18 in saves but has a 3.28 ERA. He has a 6.35 ERA and is 2-for-3 in save chances in six games against the Philadelphia Phillies this year. "A lot of guys, they can be in the setup role, but they aren't very good in that closer role. And the thing of a closer is, it's like a cornerback. He can have a great whole game, and then he gets burned in the fourth quarter, and that's all they talk about. You don't talk about his saves. You talk about his blown saves. I guess that comes with the territory. I'm not defending, but the guy has 300-something (saves)," Baker said.

Fantasy Tip: Papelbon's skills in the closing role have been eroding over the last couple years, as his velocity and strikeouts per nine innings (6.9) have been under 7.0 the last two seasons. He's also walking 2.9 hitters per nine, which often leaves him walking a tight rope in the ninth. Papelbon is a shaky second or third fantasy closer that is a bad pitch or two away from a rough stretch. Keep Shawn Kelley close if you own Paps or are in desperate need of saves.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon earns save

Sat, 14 May 2016 05:15:41 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon pitched two-thirds of an inning against the Miami Marlins Friday, May 13, to pick up his 10th save of the season. He now ranks 10th all-time in career saves with 359.

Fantasy Tip: Papelbon has bounced back since allowing three runs in an appearance earlier this month. He does have a 3.68 ERA but should still be a solid option for fantasy owners since he will have plenty of chances to earn saves.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon implodes

Wed, 04 May 2016 06:40:53 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning in his second blown save Tuesday, May 3.

Fantasy Tip: The outing ballooned Pap's ERA from 2.38 to 4.50. Considering the drama from last season, it's fair to question how much rope he has. However, his seat shouldn't be very warm for now since the outing doubled his earned runs allowed on the season.

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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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