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A lot of terms can and have been used to describe Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon, but perhaps never this one: Chilled-out bro. And yet cameras at the Nats’ 1-0 win over the Giants on Sunday caught Washington’s ousted closer catching some rays as his replacement, Mark Melancon, loosened up for a save opportunity in the bottom of the eighth: 102 more words
WASHINGTON — Many saw the Nationals trading for closer Mark Melancon as an opening for the next Jonathan Papelbon blowup.
If telling Drew Storen he had lost the closer’s job — again — was tough, then informing the guy who publicly choked out Bryce Harper of a similar demotion would require the diplomacy of Winston Churchill. 1,141 more words
By Chad Stewart
As the trade deadline approached, the Nationals’ biggest weakness became more and more apparent.
The struggles of the closer they acquired at last year’s non-waiver deadline, Jonathan Papelbon, were magnified in the week leading up to the deadline, and it quickly became clear that a move was necessary. 492 more words