Washington Nationals pitchers and catchers will report in 16 days and it seems more and more likely that Jonathan Papelbon will be among them. While that isn’t altogether unexpected, it has to be considered a disappointment. Especially for those fans that didn’t care about the baseball or financial aspects and wanted Papelbon dropped like a hot potato.
Most of the offseason I and many others were waiting for the Nationals to trade Papelbon as part of their massive bullpen overhaul. However, with Jake McGee getting traded to the Rockies leaving only Tyler Clippard among available closer quality relievers I now believe such a deal is extremely doubtful. Never say never when it comes to Mike Rizzo making a trade, but all signs point to Papelbon staying. And looking back on this offseason, it doesn’t seem like the Nats were ever putting in a strong effort to deal him. So how did we end up here?Read More