|Aug. 17 8:23 AM PT9:23 AM MT10:23 AM CT11:23 AM ET11:23 ET15:23 GMT23:23 8:23 AM MST10:23 AM EST10:53 AM VEN19:23 UAE10:23 AM CT-Papelbon, released by the Nationals on Saturday at his request, is getting interest from multiple teams, including the Red Sox and Cubs. The former closer expects to make a decision on his next team within 24 hours, a source told ESPN.
Analysis: Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Tuesday he has reached out to Papelbon personally. Should the free agent sign with Boston, Farrell said he would not be the closer. The Red Sox are seeking an eighth-inning setup man in the absence of Koji Uehara, who is sidelined indefinitely by a right pectoral strain. Papelbon, 35, broke into the majors with Boston in 2005, recording 219 saves and making four American League All-Star Games in seven seasons with the Red Sox.
|Aug. 13 9:24 AM PT10:24 AM MT11:24 AM CT12:24 PM ET12:24 ET16:24 GMT0:24 9:24 AM MST11:24 AM EST11:54 AM VEN20:24 UAE11:24 AM CT-The Nationals released Papelbon on Saturday, ending the struggling reliever's tumultuous tenure with the organization.
Analysis: The 12-year veteran is having the worst season of his career and has made just two appearances since Washington acquired Mark Melancon at the trade deadline. Papelbon, who's making $11 million in the final year of his contract, is 0-2 with a 21.60 ERA over his last five games and owns a 4.37 ERA this season. Acquired from the Phillies at last year's trade deadline, the six-time All-Star made headlines with a dugout confrontation with teammate Bryce Harper in September.
|July 30 1:35 PM PT2:35 PM MT3:35 PM CT4:35 PM ET16:35 ET20:35 GMT4:35 1:35 PM MST3:35 PM EST4:05 PM VEN0:35 UAE (+1)3:35 PM CT-It appears Papelbon has lost the closer's role after the Nationals acquired All-Star Mark Melancon from the Pirates on Saturday.
Analysis: Papelbon has allowed eight runs and seven hits in his past three outings, whereas Melancon has given up two runs in his last 23 appearances. Melancon has converted 30 of 33 save opportunities. Papelbon hasn't converted a save since the All-Star break.
|July 29 8:46 AM PT9:46 AM MT10:46 AM CT11:46 AM ET11:46 ET15:46 GMT23:46 8:46 AM MST10:46 AM EST11:16 AM VEN19:46 UAE10:46 AM CT-Papelbon was puled in the ninth inning Thursday, retiring one batter before giving up a single and a walk.
Analysis: It was the third straight terrible performance by Papelbon, a span in which he's recorded only three outs while allowing eight runs, seven hits and four walks. His closer role could be in jeopardy, with rumors swirling the Nationals are trying to acquire the Yankees' Andrew Miller.
|July 26 8:27 PM PT9:27 PM MT10:27 PM CT11:27 PM ET23:27 ET3:27 GMT11:27 8:27 PM MST10:27 PM EST10:57 PM VEN7:27 UAE (+1)10:27 PM CT-Papelbon lost a second straight appearance Tuesday, failing to record an out in the ninth inning as he was charged with three runs in a 7-6 defeat to Cleveland.
Analysis: Papelbon suffered his first blown save since May 3. He gave up two hits and two walks, two days after allowing four hits and a walk in the ninth inning of a loss to San Diego.
|July 24 6:10 PM PT7:10 PM MT8:10 PM CT9:10 PM ET21:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 6:10 PM MST8:10 PM EST8:40 PM VEN5:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT-Papelbon gave up four runs in the ninth inning Sunday, turning a tie game into a 10-6 Nationals loss to the Padres.
Analysis: Papelbon hadn't given up a run since June 12, but he was also pitching a third straight day. Papelbon, who hadn't pitched on three consecutive days since May 29-31, insisted he was not tired. ''I think just location,'' Papelbon said. ''Coming in there, a situation where we've got to preserve everything we can, and every pitch matters in that situation."
|June 14 1:11 PM PT2:11 PM MT3:11 PM CT4:11 PM ET16:11 ET20:11 GMT4:11 1:11 PM MST3:11 PM EST3:41 PM VEN0:11 UAE (+1)3:11 PM CT-The Washington Nationals have reinstated Papelbon and optioned outfielder Michael A. Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.
Analysis: The reliever was on the 15-day disabled list, sidelined since June 13 with a right intercostal strain. The 35-year-old Papelbon has converted 16-of-18 save opportunities and has a 3.28 ERA.
|June 11 9:19 AM PT10:19 AM MT11:19 AM CT12:19 PM ET12:19 ET16:19 GMT0:19 9:19 AM MST11:19 AM EST11:49 AM VEN20:19 UAE11:19 AM CT-Papelbon had a walk and a strikeout en route to his 16th save on Friday.
Analysis: Papelbon has been sharp, posting a 1.54 ERA with seven saves in 11 appearances since blowing his last opportunity.
|May 14 11:54 AM PT12:54 PM MT1:54 PM CT2:54 PM ET14:54 ET18:54 GMT2:54 11:54 AM MST1:54 PM EST2:24 PM VEN22:54 UAE1:54 PM CT-Papelbon notched his 10th save Friday.
Analysis: Papelbon, known best for his childish fight with superstar Bryce Harper, has a 3.68 ERA.
|Apr. 11 3:39 PM PT4:39 PM MT5:39 PM CT6:39 PM ET18:39 ET22:39 GMT6:39 3:39 PM MST5:39 PM EST6:09 PM VEN2:39 UAE (+1)5:39 PM CT-Papelbon logged his third save in as many chances on Sunday.
Analysis: It wasn't easy as he gave up two hits, one of them a solo home run.
|Apr. 5 3:01 PM PT4:01 PM MT5:01 PM CT6:01 PM ET18:01 ET22:01 GMT6:01 3:01 PM MST5:01 PM EST5:31 PM VEN2:01 UAE (+1)5:01 PM CT-Papelbon picked up a save on opening day Monday.
Analysis: He retired all three hitters he faced with a strikeout in the 10th inning of a 4-3 win over Atlanta.