The Washington Nationals parted ways with Jonathan Papelbon on Saturday, ending a failed tenure for both the club and player. As the Nationals explored ways to remove Papelbon from their roster, he asked for his release and was granted it. Washington reportedly consider designating Papelbon for assignment, which would have taken 10 days, but now becomes a free agent immediately.
While Papelbon's overall numbers, 2.13 ERA and 7.96 K/9, were ok in 2015 his FIP (3.70) indicated he was getting lucky. He got an early shot at the closer's job in 2016 for Washington but after he struggled, the Nationals acquired Mark Melancon. The loss of the closer's job didn't sit well with Papelbon. As FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman tweeted, he was unhappy losing in past seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and was traded away to a contender, but then he lost his closing role and was equally upset.
Papelbon's 3.68 FIP, 3.60 BB/9 and other poor numbers really dampen his market. While there are always teams in need of bullpen hope, no one will look at him as a closer and his attitude will certainly be viewed as a negative. When Papelbon signs with a team we'll update you, but no matter where he goes he has no fantasy value.