Jonathan Papelbon
Jonathan Papelbon

Jonathan Papelbon (RP)

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The Nationals suggested Tuesday that the team could look to make a change at closer following another rough outing from Jonathan Papelbon. (Source: MASN Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon has now allowed six earned runs with six hits and three walks in his last 2/3 of an inning spanning two appearances. His ERA and WHIP are up to 4.18 and 1.42 on the season, and it looks like a change could be coming. Shawn Kelley was effective in Papelbon's absence earlier this season, but the Nationals could also look outside the organization with the trade deadline approaching.

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Papelbon needed only 13 pitches to record his 19th save. He yielded a two-out single before capturing the save.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon seems to have recovered well from his intercostal strain as he has a 0.00 ERA and three saves since returning. As a contender, expect the Nationals to be buyers at the deadline and possibly add bullpen arms, but Papelbon is locked in as the closer.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning while striking out two batters in his return from the disabled list.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon was activated on Monday and got right back to work. It was good to see a clean inning, and two strikeouts, for Papelbon in his return. He hasn't been great this season, but as long as he's the team's closer he should see a fair amount of save opportunities.

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Jonathan Papelbon will begin his minor league rehab assignment on Monday with the Nationals' Single-A affiliate in Potomac. He's been recovering from an injury to his side that has sidelined him since the second week of June. (Source: William Ladson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon should be back soon now that he's started his rehab assignment. He's expected to resume his role as the team's closer. His return would limit Shawn Kelley's value in saves leagues.

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Jonathan Papelbon has resumed throwing, but it remains unclear when he'll be able to return from the disabled list. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon wasn't overly effective prior to his injury. This coupled with the injury reportedly has the Nationals interested in acquiring another late-inning RP. He had allowed three ER over his last five IP prior to hitting the DL.

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After being unavailable for Monday night's game, the Nationals placed closer Jonathan Papelbon on the 15-day DL with a right intercostal strain. Intercostals are the muscles between ribs, and can be very difficult to heal and could potentially get worse if rushed through the healing process.

Fantasy Impact: It's entirely possible Papelbon will see more than the minimum of two weeks before returning from this injury. Shawn Kelley earned the first save in his absense on Monday, and has seen many adds in mixed leagues, but Felipe Rivero might be more suitable for the closer role. The team has made no announcement as to who will get the first shot at saving games for the Nats.

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Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon struggled for a save on Monday, allowing a pair of doubles to Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard before getting the third out in a 4-3 win. Papelbon also had two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: The save was Papelbon's 14th, but it was a rough one. Papelbon has been solid in the vast majority of his appearances this season, so this is likely just a minor hiccup. There's no threat to his role in Washington after Drew Storen was traded to Toronto this winter.

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Getting some work in during a non-save opportunity, Jonathan Papelbon struck out two while walking one batter in a hitless frame of work on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon has been somewhat as expected this season, saving 11 games while blowing two. His strikeouts are roughly in line with expectations, 13 Ks in just under 17 IP, but his ratios are a bit higher than owners would like for a RP (1.38 WHIP and 3.24 ERA).

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Jonathan Papelbon is 7-for-8 in save opportunities in 2016, but has allowed 11 hits in 9 1/3 innings for the Nationals. Papelbon has yet to allow a walk and has seven strikeouts for Washington, but has not had a save opportunity since April 23.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon has allowed a home run this season and has allowed runs in two of his 10 games this season, but he is a consistent option for the Nationals and is second in the National League with his seven saves. He has had four scoreless outings since blowing a save and losing against the Phillies on April 17, recording two saves and striking out at least one batter in three of his four outings. He is a top-10 closer this season with 40 or more save potential on a winning team like the Nationals.

Jonathan Papelbon quieted the Marlins and got the save, striking out one and only allowing one hit.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon is now in a three-way tie with Wade Davis and David Robertson for the league lead in saves. It's a nice rebound for him after he blew the save and took the loss his last time on the mound. It's not always the prettiest, but Papelbon gets the job done.

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Jonathan Papelbon struck out two batters and induced a groundout to earn the save as the Nationals sweep the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: He almost let this one get away from him after allowing two hits. He buckled down and got the strike out and is now two for two on save chances and has not allowed a run. He remains a high-end second-tier closer.

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Jonathan Papelbon earned his first save of the season, striking out one against the Braves on Opening Day.

Fantasy Impact: He only needed nine pitches to put this one away throwing six of them for strikes and inducing one flyout and one groundout. He is the Nationals closer and remains a high-end middle tier-closer for the season.

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Jonathan Papelbon faced three batters, inducing two groundouts and one fly out against the Braves in one of the Nationals split squad outings.

Fantasy Impact: It was a solid inning for Papelbon, as he has put two good outings together now. He still sports a very high 4.76 ERA this spring but is locked in as the Nationals closer. At age 35, he has still got some left in the tank but not much. Consider him a second-tier RP.

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Jonathan Papelbon only faced three batters, but took home the win against Atlanta thanks to a Chris Heisey walk-off home run.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon remains the Nationals closer even though there have been talks of trying to trade him. He is owed $11 million dollars and is 35-years-old, so a trade seems unlikely. He will see almost all of the Nationals saves this year so consider him a high-end second-tier closer.

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Papelbon opened the 2015 season with NL East underdogs Philadelphia before moving to the Nationals in a mid-season trade. Papelbon had a strong ERA and WHIP at 2.13 and 1.03 but only managed 24 saves.

Fantasy Impact: Washington is hoping to perform more like the promise of 2015 than the reality. The improvement for the Nationals sees Papelbon's Zeile projection have a slight regression in the ratios but a rise to 33 saves which is a solid number for a closer. There is room for some profit at his current placement in the mid-teens of closers.

After two consecutive blown saves (his first in a calendar year), Jonathan Papelbon allowed two leadoff singles in the 9th inning of Saturday's game, then induced a groundout and a doubleplay to preseve a 5-2 Nationals victory.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon (4-2, ERA 1.93) will need to be at the top of his game over the two weeks for the Nationals to have any chance at the postseason.

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With the Nationals down 2-1, Jonathon Papelbon came in and threw two scoreless innings (9th and 10th). He became the pitcher of record when the Nats tied it and eventually won in the tenth.

Fantasy Impact: Relief pitcher wins are fairly random, but Papelbon (3-1, ERA 1.68) is 23-for-23 in save chances.

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Jonathan Papelbon escaped a jam with runners on 1st and 3rd one out by way of a strike out and his own good fielding to preserve the Nationals' 4-3 lead over the Cardinals and earn his 23rd save (his sixth as a Nat).

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon (2-1, ERA 1.74) has not blown a save this season.

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Jonathan Papelbon escaped a jam with runners on first and third to earn his 22nd save of the season (fifth for the Nationals).

Fantasy Impact: Although Papelbon (2-1, ERA 1.78) only needed eight pitches to do the job, he has appeared in four of the last five games, and may not be available Monday night in St. Louis.

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Jonathan Papelbon added another save despite allowing an earned run on a hit and walk Thursday against the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon hasn't had many opportunities this month, but he's converted all three of them. His ERA has been a little high (3.38), but he's only allowed seven base runners in his eight innings pitched this month.

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Jonathan Papelbon hadn't had a save opportunity since August 4, but he made this one look easy, setting down the Rockies on a routine fly ball and two grounders (nine pitches).

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon (2-1, ERA 1.77) has collected only three saves since being traded to the Nationals at the deadline, but if the Nationals emerge from their slump he should up that count.

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Jonathan Papelbon needed to pitch around a single and a fielding error to preserve the Nationals' victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon (2-1, ERA 1.69) is 19-for-19 in save opportunities, including two saves for the Nationals.

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Jonathan Papelbon earned his 18th save in 18 chances, and his first as a National, with a 1-2-3 inning that preserved a 1-0 win over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon (2-1, ERA 1.55) is likely to get more save chances with his new team than with the Phillies.

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The Washington Nationals are on the verge of acquiring Jonathan Papelbon to become their new closer. The Phillies are expected to get a AA pitcher. (Source: Jim Bowden on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon and his 1.59 ERA are reportedly being traded to Washington causing Papelbon's fantasy value to skyrocket. Another name to keep in mind is Ken Giles as he will likely begin getting reps at closer for the Phillies moving forward.

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Jonathan Papelbon came away with the win Wednesday as he pitched two scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon has good fantasy value now, but it will soar if he is traded. If he is not on your team now, and you can get him cheaply, then I advise you to strike because there have been few relievers who have been better than the 34 year old this season.

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Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon reiterated his desire to be traded to a contender prior to this month's trade deadline. (Source: Todd Zolecki)

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon is one of several high-profile Phillies' players that could be on the move before the month is over. He's been extremely effective this season, but he's also been limited by the team he's playing for. Few wins mean even fewer save opportunities. Papelbon's value would only rise once dealt to a contender, assuming he remains a closer. That would appear to be a safe assumption based on his production this season.

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On Thursday night, Jonathan Papelbon pitched 2 innings against the Brewers without allowing a run.

Fantasy Impact: Pap was called upon for a second when the Phillies failed to score in the bottom of the 9th and he did not disappoint. Papelbon hold a 1.71 ERA this year and looks likely to be dealt this month, which would greatly benefit his fantasy value. He is a must own in all formats.

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Jonathan Papelbon got his first save opportunity in 9 days and made the most of it on Thursday striking out one and lowering his ERA to 1.01.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon has been fantastic this year and should be traded within the next 5-6 weeks. He should be owned in all leagues despite the limited number of opportunities he will receive with Philly.

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Jonathan Papelbon put away the Giants on Sunday to earn save number 11 on the year and prevent a series sweep.

Fantasy Impact: Sunday marked the first save opportunity that Papelbon has received since May 20. For fantasy owners, that is an eternity and with the struggles that the Phillies have had there is a strong chance that a similar drought is always just around the corner for Papelbon owners.

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Jonathan Papelbon continues to build up his trade value with save number 11 against the Colorado Rockies. Papelbon worked a scoreless 9th while getting two batters to go down on strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Despite personality clashes and a continued dip in velocity, Papelbon continues to excel as one of the leagues best in the 9th inning. Papelbon has managed to take advantage of the Phillies recent winning streak and should continue to see opportunities as long as the team remains hot.

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It took a perfect play by right-fielder Jeff Francoeur to save the day, but Jonathan Papelbon managed to lock down his 7th save of the season for the Phillies. The save pushed Papelbon past Jose Mesa for the top spot in franchise history in saves.

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon continues to be a steady source of saves while posting productive ERA and WHIP numbers. Papelbon's save opportunities may not be as bountiful as they would be on another team, but owners should expect him to continue converting them successfully when the chances present themselves.

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Jonathan Papelbon got his 4th save of the season today as the Philadelphia Phillies bested Atlanta 5-4.

Fantasy Impact: The outing was shaky, but Papelbon was able to get the job done today against Atlanta. Jonathan Papelbon remains a premier closer in the game and should be owned in all formats.

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Jonathan Papelbon takes a sick day

Fri, Apr 24th 10:18pm EDT
By Joe Orsatti

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was not with the team today due to an illness, and is considered day-to-day . (Source: Todd Zolecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jonathan Papelbon has been rather sharp through the first month of the season and he should be ready to go again by early next week . Papelbon should be owned in all formats.

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Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon hits 93 mph on the radar gun after averaging just above 91 mph last season. (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: Due to Papelbon finding some more speed on his fastball, it could greatly improve his already stellar results. Papelbon should be taken in all league forms.

The Milwaukee Brewers appeared to have interest in Phillies' closer Jonathan Papelbon, but talks hit a snag late last month. With the Brewers signing Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year contract, a trade for Papelbon will have to be with another team. That team may be the Toronto Blue Jays, who have also been talking to the Phillies about Papelbon. It appears Papelbon would welcome a trade should Ruben Amaro Jr. be able to get a deal in place. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Papelbon had a record of 2-3 with 39 saves and a 2.04 ERA last season with the Phillies. Should he be traded to the Blue Jays or another contender, expect that save total to be even higher. In any event, the 34-year old should still be one of the top fantasy closers in 2015.

Last week the Brewers appeared to have great interest in closer Jonathan Papelbon, but the Phillies and Brewers have not talked about Papelbon in the last two days. While something could happen down the road, Papelbon's no-trade clause appears to be the big issue preventing a deal. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Unless one side or the other budges on their stance, a deal likely wont happen. Should Papelbon remain in Philadelphia, he will likely be the closer again this season. There is no secret that the Phillies want Ken Giles to be the closer down the road, as soon as this season, should Papelbon be moved. In any event, Papelbon remains one of the top closers in baseball and will be grabbed in any fantasy league.

In the midst of a rebuilding process, the Philadelphia Phillies have already traded Jimmy Rolling, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo. Now it appears the Milwaukee Brewers have been talking to the Phillies about acquiring Jonathan Papelbon. The problem is that the Brewers are one of 17 teams to which Papelbon could block a trade. Papelbon could approve a deal, but he'd require his $13 million option for 2016 to be guaranteed. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Should Papelbon be traded to the Brewers or any of the 12 teams to which he'd accept a trade, Ken Giles would likely become the closer for the Phiillies. Giles was 3-1 with a 1.18 ERA last season with 64 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 45 2/3 innings. Papelbon would likely have more save opportunities should be he traded to a contender and is still among the top closers in the game. Both Papelbon and Giles should be significant fantasy contributors this season.

According to a tweet from Jon Heyman at CBS Sports, the Toronto Blue Jays are actively seeking out a new closer through the trade market. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Phillies have been actively shopping Jonathan Papelbon since last winter but, due to his above market contract, have been unable to find a suitor. The Blue Jays entering the market could finally help settle Papelbon's future, with a move to Toronto likely offering more save situations than Philadelphia. If a move gets done, Papelbon's value should increase.