current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#58 P | 6'4", 225 lbs. | Philadelphia
Birth Date:November 23, 1980 (33 years old) Place of Birth:Baton Rouge, LA Hometown:Baton Rouge, LA
Drafted:Drafted by Boston in 2003 (4th round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2011.
Drafted:Drafted by Boston in 2003 (4th round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2011.
|Assets:||Has the perfect mentality for a closer. Intimidates and challenges hitters with a moving fastball that's usually around the plate. Mixes in a sharp splitter. Thrives under pressure.|
|Flaws:||Could stand to be a little more crafty, instead of strictly relying on his power pitches. Sometimes he has trouble locating his off-speed stuff.|
|Career Potential:||Excellent closer.|
Career Honors & Awards
|Delivery Man of the Year Award||2007|
|Named to the All-Star Game||2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005|
|Florida State League (A)||All-Star Team||2004|
Movements & Injuries
|6/04/2013||Missed 2 games (illness).|
|11/14/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies to a four-year contract.|
|10/30/2011||Declared free agent.|
|6/17/2011||Suspended by MLB for two games.|
|1/18/2011||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|6/11/2010||Missed 4 games (personal reasons).|
|6/07/2010||Personal reasons, 7-day DL.|
|1/19/2010||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|9/18/2009||Missed 2 games (lower back pain).|
|9/16/2009||Lower back pain, day-to-day.|
|7/22/2009||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|1/19/2009||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|3/06/2008||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|3/11/2007||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|10/02/2006||Missed the last 27 games of the regular season (right shoulder injury).|
|9/06/2006||Right shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|2/28/2006||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|8/16/2005||Recalled from Pawtucket (AAA).|
|8/02/2005||Optioned to Pawtucket (AAA).|
|7/31/2005||Contract purchased from Pawtucket (AAA).|
|11/14/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies.|
|6/03/2003||Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 4th round (114th overall) in 2003.|
Paps: 'There's a little truth to every rumor' | 01/02/2014 11:16 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon said "there's a little bit of truth to every rumor" when asked about reports that the Phillies are shopping him.
Impact"I don't know," Papelbon responded when asked whether he believed the reports about his availability. "It's hard to say. I don't know. I don't know. I don't know." The closer is owed $26 million over the next two seasons and could be due $39 million over three seasons if he reaches an attainable vesting option for 2016. Paps posted a 2.92 ERA that statheads (due to poor peripherals) and scouts (due to diminished stuff) alike called lucky. Philadelphia will be fortunate to find a taker.
Phillies willing to eat some of Pap's salary | 12/22/2013 9:01 AM
NewsMatt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies are willing to assume some of Jonathan Papelbon's salary in a trade.
ImpactThey're also going to have to be willing to accept very little in return for Papelbon if they want to get something done. The fiery closer is owed $26 million over the next two seasons and could be due $39 over three seasons if he reaches an attainable vesting option for 2016. Though Papelbon posted a 2.92 ERA last year, Gelb says it was a "mirage," his "luck was sky high" and scouts filed "brutal reports" on the reliever. The Orioles are one club known to have interest in Papelbon.
Phillies have talked to O's about Papelbon | 12/20/2013 10:03 PM
NewsRoch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles and Phillies have discussed potential trades involving closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Roch Kubatko on Twitter
ImpactKubatko is quick to note however that a deal isn't imminent and that the Phillies would have to eat a large portion of the $39 million that Papelbon has remaining on his contract over the next three seasons. If the two sides are able to strike a deal, Papelbon also has a limited no-trade clause and may need to approve a trade. The O's are scouring the market after they backed out of their deal with Grant Balfour on Friday.
Phils 'extremely motivated' to deal Papelbon | 12/13/2013 8:43 AM
NewsESPN's Buster Olney has been told by teams that have talked to the Phillies that they're "extremely motivated" to trade Jonathan Papelbon.
Buster Olney on Twitter
ImpactThe problem, of course, is that Papelbon isn't as good as he used to be and will be owed $39 million over the next three seasons if his 2016 option vests. There have also been reports that Papelbon has clashed with his teammates in Philly, and with his no-trade clause he's only able to be dealt to 12 approved teams. If the Phillies are able to trade him, it would have to be a straight salary dump and even then they still might have to eat some money.
Phillies could have trouble dealing Papelbon | 12/06/2013 7:17 PM
NewsRyan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News believes that the Phillies will have difficulty trading closer Jonathan Papelbon.
ImpactA report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports suggested earlier in the day that the team was trying to deal the veteran closer, but Lawrence believes that due to his declining skills, $26 million remaining on his contract and his volatile personality, that it may be difficult to do so. Papelbon also possesses a no-trade clause that only allows him to be dealt to 12 approved teams, which makes it rather unlikely that he'll be wearing a new uniform in 2014.
Phillies trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon | 12/06/2013 3:42 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactPapelbon has two years and $26 million left on his contract that also contains a vesting option for a third year. He also had a career-low 8.3 K/9 ratio in 2013 and saw his velocity dip for the second straight season. It's possible the Phillies will be able to convince someone to take him off their hands, but they might have to eat some money in the process. Another issue is that Papelbon has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to stipulate 12 teams to which he will accept a trade.
Papelbon saves 29th as Phils beat Marlins 2-1 | 09/24/2013 10:56 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon earned his 29th save of the season in the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.
ImpactIt hasn't been Papelbon's best season, but he's now one save away from recording 30 saves in eight straight seasons. The 32-year-old owns a 2.52 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings this season.
Jonathan Papelbon escapes with 27th save | 09/14/2013 10:52 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon wriggled his way out of a jam during the ninth inning on Saturday, preserving a one-run advantage and earning his 27th save of the season.
ImpactPapelbon took over with the Phillies leading 5-4, and promptly served up a leadoff double to Ryan Zimmerman. After retiring Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond, he issued an intentional walk to Bryce Harper that put the winning run on base, but battled back to get Wilson Ramos to bounce out to shortstop to end the game. Papelbon now sports a 2.50 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 52/10 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings.
Papelbon allows two ninth-inning runs to ATL | 09/07/2013 10:40 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon allowed two ninth-inning runs but escaped with a win on Saturday against the Braves.
ImpactPapelbon entered the game with the Phillies up 5-3 and allowed a game-tying two-run homer to Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons after a Chris Johnsin single. But the Phillies rebounded in the bottom of the ninth on a Freddy Galvis walkoff blast. Papelbon hadn't allowed a run in a month. His job is secure.
Jonathan Papelbon records rare save | 08/19/2013 10:19 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon notched his first save since July 11 with a scoreless ninth Monday against the Rockies.
ImpactIt was just Papelbon's ninth appearance in the 4 1/2 weeks since the All-Star break. He had blown his only two save chances since he picked up his 20th save way back on July 11. Unless the Phillies get it together, Papelbon's streak of seven consecutive 30-save seasons will come to an end.
Papelbon fires scoreless ninth, earns victory | 08/18/2013 5:08 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon hurled a scoreless ninth inning and picked up the win against the Dodgers on Sunday.
ImpactHe struck out two and allowed a single. Papelbon fired a clean frame in the top of the ninth in a 2-2 contest and the Phillies scored in the bottom half of the inning to gift the closer with his third victory. The 54-69 Phillies don't produce many save opportunities, which is why their pricey closer hadn't pitched in a week. Incredibly, Papelbon (2.70 ERA) hasn't earned a save in over a month.
Papelbon has blown six saves since June 1 | 08/15/2013 8:46 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon is just 10-for-16 in save conversions since his last appearance of May, posting a disappointing 4.15 ERA over 26 innings.
ImpactPapelbon's two August implosions are a more pressing story, but the veteran closer's struggles stretch back longer than that. He's allowed a .329 BABIP since May 29 and a .444 BABIP in August, one reason we don't see his struggles continuing. Paps owns a 2.76 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 42/9 K/BB ratio.
Jonathan Papelbon blows save, takes loss | 08/01/2013 10:10 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Thursday against the Giants.
ImpactPapelbon certainly isn't backing up his big mouth lately; he's blown his only two save chances since the All-Star break and he's now just 20-for-26 saving games this year. His overall stats are just fine -- he has a 2.59 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP -- but he's paid big dollars to close out games and he's not doing his job.
Papelbon charged with his fifth blown save | 07/14/2013 7:32 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon was charged with his fifth blown save when he allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning Sunday against the White Sox.
ImpactChicago extended the game into extra-innings, but the Phillies scored in the bottom of the 10th to win 4-3. Papelbon went 20-for-25 in save conversions during an up-and-down first half, posting a 2.33 ERA and 0.91 WHIP.
Papelbon picks up 20th save against the Nats | 07/12/2013 12:13 AM
NewsJonathan Papelbon picked up his 20th save by tossing a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Nationals.
ImpactHe struck out a batter and needed only 10 pitches to record three outs. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel mentioned to the media that Papelbon has dealt with hip soreness in 2013. The veteran closer isn't showing it, posting a 2.21 ERA and 0.87 WHIP through 36 appearances.
Jonathan Papelbon records 19th save | 07/08/2013 10:06 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon picked up his 19th save despite giving up two runs in his inning of work Monday against the Nationals.
ImpactThe Nationals offense was quite all night until Papelbon came in and gave up a single and a double to start the ninth. Back-to-back sac flies brought in the two runs, but since Papelbon had a three-run lead to work with, the only damage was to his ERA. The runs were the first he had allowed in six outings since blowing his last save on June 24.
Jonathan Papelbon picks up 15th save | 06/27/2013 2:25 AM
NewsJonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless 13th inning Wednesday against the Padres to halt his streak of three straight blown saves.
ImpactPapelbon had blown four of five opportunities before protecting a two-run lead tonight. He retired three of the four batters he faced tonight, with only an Jesus Guzman single mixed in.
Papelbon blows 3rd consecutive save vs. Pads | 06/25/2013 2:01 AM
NewsJonathan Papelbon blew his third consecutive save Monday against the Padres.
ImpactPaps has now blown four saves in his last five appearances. Called on in the ninth inning of a 3-0 game with two runners on, Papelbon allowed a single and hit a batter before he coaxed Yasmani Grandal into a double play. A Carlos Ruiz passed ball allowed Kyle Blanks to score, sending the game into extra innings. Papelbon's recent struggles aside, his job is completely safe, as he still owns a 2.12 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.
Papelbon blows save but Phillies beat Mets | 06/22/2013 7:29 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon blew his third save of the season on Saturday evening against the Mets.
ImpactWith his defense offering little help, Papelbon yielded two runs on two hits in the top of the ninth inning. But then Kevin Frandsen hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of that frame, giving Papelbon the win. The right-hander is not in danger of losing his job.
Jonathan Papelbon blows second save | 06/19/2013 10:51 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon blew his second save of the season Wednesday, allowing a run on two hits and a walk in a loss to the Nationals.
ImpactPapelbon retired the next two hitters after a leadoff single, but he then walked Adam LaRoche before Jayson Werth poked one into left field to knot things up. It was the second blown save of the series for Paps. The Nationals wound up winning in extra innings.
Jonathan Papelbon takes first blown save | 06/17/2013 10:57 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon took his first blown save of the year when he gave up a solo homer to the Nationals' Chad Tracy on Monday.
ImpactPapelbon was a perfect 13-for-13 this season before missing inside to Tracy tonight. It wasn't much more than a 340-foot flyball, but it was well placed down the line at Citizens Bank. Papelbon ended up getting the win anyway after the Phillies scored in the bottom of the ninth.
Phillies think Papelbon will draw big market | 06/17/2013 9:33 AM
NewsAccording to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Phillies believe there are three teams -- Red Sox, Tigers and Cardinals -- with interest in Jonathan Papelbon.
ImpactTrading the 32-year-old right-hander would be a nice first step for the Phillies, who badly need to retool their current major league roster and minor league system. Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million free agent contract with Philadelphia in November 2011, has registered a 1.46 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 23/3 K/BB ratio across 24 2/3 innings of relief this season.
Papelbon returns in non-save situation | 06/05/2013 8:35 AM
NewsJonathan Papelbon (illness) threw a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.
ImpactPapelbon hadn't pitched since last Wednesday, and was unavailable while dealing with an illness earlier this week. He finished with two strikeouts and needed just 13 pitches to retire the side in order in a non-save situation. Papelbon has a 1.25 ERA and 0.69 WHIP in 21 appearances.
Jonathan Papelbon was sick on Sunday | 06/03/2013 9:51 AM
NewsJonathan Papelbon was not available on Sunday due to an illness.
Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
ImpactAntonio Bastardo came on to nail down the save in the Phillies' 7-5 win over the Brewers. Manager Charlie Manuel said Papelbon started feeling sick Saturday. "I'm concerned about our closer any time that he's sick," Manuel said. "We're supposed to have the best doctors in the world and they are definitely looking at him. Hopefully we can get him well as soon as possible."
Papelbon earns 10th save, Phils beat Red Sox | 05/28/2013 9:54 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon earned his 10th save of the season Tuesday in the Phillies' defeat of the Red Sox.
ImpactPapelbon entered to a two-run lead and retired Jonny Gomes, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in order. The Philadelphia closer has a fantastic 0.92 ERA, 0.61 WHIP and 16/2 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings this season.
Papelbon earns ninth save as Phils top Nats | 05/25/2013 10:34 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon got his ninth save of the season Saturday in the Phillies' 5-3 win over the Nationals.
ImpactPapelbon struck out three of the four batters he faced in picking up the easy save. He has been excellent all year but the Phillies are playing under-.500 ball and haven't provided him with that many opportunities.
Papelbon earns sixth save, Phils top Snakes | 05/11/2013 11:43 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday in Arizona to earn his sixth save of 2013.
ImpactPapelbon got into some serious trouble in the bottom of the ninth when he allowed a single to Gerardo Parra and a double to Eric Chavez. But the right-hander struck out both Eric Hinske and A.J. Pollock swinging to protect the Phillies' two-run lead. Papelbon has a stellar 1.23 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 11/1 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings this season.
Jonathan Papelbon notches fifth save | 05/03/2013 10:20 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon worked a perfect inning against the Marlins on Friday, preserving a three-run lead to earn his fifth save of the season.
ImpactPapelbon has looked dominant in the early going of the 2013 season, compiling a 1.64 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 7/1 K/BB ratio over 11 innings of work. He remains one of the safest and most reliable ninth-inning options in all of baseball.
Papelbon closes door on Marlins in extras | 04/12/2013 11:41 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon cruised through an easy tenth inning on Friday, preserving a 3-1 lead and notching his second save of the season.
ImpactPapelbon needed just seven pitches to dispatch of Austin Kearns, Rob Brantly and Adeiny Hechavarria in the tenth inning. He has now been perfect in each of his first two save opportunities, and remains one of the most dominant and most reliable closers in the league.
Jonathan Papelbon pitches perfect inning | 03/26/2013 4:27 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon struck out two in a perfect frame against the Rays on Tuesday.
ImpactPapelbon struggled mightily at the beginning of the spring, but he's now allowed just one hit over 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his last six appearances. His ERA is all of the way down to 9.82!
Jonathan Papelbon scratched with illness | 03/17/2013 11:35 AM
NewsJonathan Papelbon was scratched from a scheduled appearance Sunday due to illness.
Jim Salisbury on Twitter
ImpactNo big deal. Papelbon should be ready to roll in a day or two.
Jonathan Papelbon perfect for inning | 03/14/2013 4:16 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon struck out two in a perfect inning Thursday in the Phillies' 2-1 defeat of the Pirates.
Ryan Lawrence on twitter
ImpactPapelbon actually complained of a bit of a dead arm after the outing, though it was the best he's thrown this spring. He lowered his ERA from 27.00 to 19.64.
Jonathan Papelbon effective in return | 03/09/2013 5:03 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon turned in his first clean outing of the spring Saturday, retiring all three Rays he faced.
ImpactPapelbon lowered his ERA from 43.20 to 27.00 today. He hadn't pitched in eight days because of an illness.
Papelbon (illness) throws bullpen session | 03/07/2013 4:54 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon (illness) threw a bullpen session on Thursday afternoon in Phillies camp.
Matt Gelb on Twitter
ImpactPapelbon told reporters that he's feeling much better. He should return to Grapefruit League action this weekend.
Jonathan Papelbon scratched due to illness | 03/05/2013 9:37 AM
NewsJonathan Papelbon was scratched from his scheduled appearance Tuesday due to illness.
Jim Salisbury on Twitter
ImpactHe should be ready to go in the next day or two. Papelbon has an ugly 43.20 ERA (eight runs allowed in 1 2/3 innings) over his first two appearances this spring.
Jonathan Papelbon struggles again | 03/01/2013 5:33 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon had another rough outing Friday, giving up two runs in an inning against the Yankees.
ImpactLowering his spring ERA to 43.20. Papelbon did manage to record two strikeouts on an excellent slider and a quality splitter, but his fastball was slow and up today. He was only throwing 90 mph (down from an average of 94 mph last year), and everything was up around the letters. While it's just March 1, the lack of velocity is a cause for concern.
Jonathan Papelbon gives up six runs | 02/25/2013 6:04 PM
NewsJonathan Papelbon was torched for six runs in two-thirds of an inning by the Tigers on Monday.
ImpactPapelbon allowed five hits, including homers to Nick Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera. It's not unusual for Papelbon to struggle some in spring training, but today was definitely a new low for him. It's still hardly a cause for concern on Feb. 25.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||1.2||at Ari||May 11||2.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||3||2 times-last:at Wsh||last:May 25||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Wins||5||4 times-last: 2013 (Phi)|
|Innings Pitched||70||2012 (Phi)|
|Games Started||3||2005 (Bos)|
|Hits Allowed||59||2013 (Phi)|
|Runs Allowed||34||2010 (Bos)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||29||2010 (Bos)|
|Home Runs Allowed||8||2012 (Phi)|
|Earned Run Average||0.92*||2006 (Bos)|