Sources: Papelbon or his agents talking to Nats about a potential trade. Issues to resolve: no-trade, being a closer and 2016 club option.
MLB Daily Dish "It was no secret that Jonathan Papelbon wanted to be traded, and it appears as though he's gotten his wish. According to Jon Morosi, the Phillies have agreed to send him to the Washington Nationals. Drew Storen is the current ninth for the Nationals, but with Papelbon's addition, that's likely no..." July 28
Hardball Talk "Where and for what has yet to be determined–the Nationals are said to be making a strong push, for instance–but Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies will trade closer Jonathan Papelbon prior to Friday’s deadline. Papelbon has made it very clear that he wants out of..." July 28
CBS Sports "The Blue Jays and Nationals are seen as the two most likely destinations for controversial but consistent veteran Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. However, a third team has emerged, with the Cubs also in the mix as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Washington, an interesting possible..." July 27
Philly.com "Given Jonathan Papelbon's limited no-trade clause and his insistence on remaining a closer, the Washington Nationals - reportedly the latest team to discuss acquiring his services - do not appear a likely fit. The Phillies and Nationals have discussed Papelbon, according to FOXSports. However,..." July 26
Re: Wash reported interest in Pap (@Ken_Rosenthal). Talked to him about that today. Phils have not approached him. Won't go unless he closes
Bleacher Report "After coming through with a walk-off hit, Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera was probably the happiest person at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday afternoon. Well, he was probably the happiest person in the stadium until he saw Jonathan Papelbon making a beeline for him...." July 22
I'm getting no sense the #Phillies have any traction in a Papelbon deal. That $13M option for 2016 remains a sticking point.
CSN Philly "Eleven days before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies are trying to get a deal done. “We have had a lot of active discussions the last few weeks actually,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday afternoon. “And I think they will continue to pick up. Just like every July 31st,..." July 21
Courier-Post "Put a microphone or tape recorder in front of Jonathan Papelbon and the veteran closer will speak his mind, more often than not saying something controversial. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise Papelbon wasn’t afraid to speak his mind Monday in Cincinnati during All-Star Game media..." July 15
Larry Brown Sports "Jonathan Papelbon has seemingly wanted out of Philadelphia since the day he signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the team after the 2011 season. While speaking at the site of the MLB All-Star Game on Monday, the 34-year-old reiterated that he wants to be traded. When Papelbon was asked..." July 13
Hardball Talk "This comes from Ken Rosenthal’s Facebook account … The Philadelphia Phillies are ready to trade closer Jonathan Papelbon. They are willing to pay a significant portion of his contract. The only question is how the story ends. The Phils have engaged in recent trade discussions with both Blue..." June 11
CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon signed a $50 million contract with the Phillies before the 2012 season. He began that season with 17 straight saves before blowing a two-run lead against Tampa Bay in the top of the ninth inning on June 23. After giving up the tying runs that day, Papelbon walked into dugout..." May 14
CBS Sports Fantasy News "The Phillies are trying to convince the Red Sox to trade for closer Jonathan Papelbon, according to the Boston Globe. Such a deal could make sense for Boston considering that current closer Koji Uehara has lost a bit of velocity and owns an uncharacterstic 4.15 ERA with two runs and five hits..." April 27
NESN "Jonathan Papelbon’s life, career and reputation changed forever after the 2011 season. Papelbon left the Boston Red Sox to sign a four-year, $50 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s been a bumpy ride ever since despite the veteran closer still getting the job done between the..." April 10
Boston Herald "Never mind Cole Hamels. Maybe the Red Sox should trade for another Phillies pitcher. Maybe they should bring back Jonathan Papelbon. Sorry. Not happening. According to multiple major-league sources, it is highly unlikely the Sox would make a move for Papelbon, even if 40-year-old closer Koji..." April 06
CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon had just finished running sprints at Phillies camp when he heard that the Milwaukee Brewers had filled their vacant closer’s role by re-signing Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million deal. Papelbon, who has not hidden his desire to pitch for a winner, had been on the..." February 27
Fox Sports "To illustrate the difficulty that the Phillies are experiencing in trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon, consider a recent turn in their discussions with the Brewers. The Phillies only were willing to pay a significant part of Papelbon's contract if the Brewers parted with a top prospect,..." February 12
CBS Sports "The Brewers and Phillies are still considering a deal involving star closer Jonathan Papelbon, though there appears to be a bit of work yet to do. Milwaukee is said to be the favorite to land Papelbon, but one person suggested early Wednesday the sides may be in a bit of a “holding pattern.”..." February 04
Hardball Talk "The Brewers finalized a one-year, $3 million contract with veteran left-handed reliever Neal Cotts on Friday, but they are still in the market for a closer. Jonathan Broxton currently projects to be the team’s closer for 2015, but Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash told Adam McCalvy of..." January 31
SB Nation "Wednesday morning's baseball includes continued Papelbon trade discussions, A's fans (legitimate) dislike of Bud Selig, and a Panda making a half-court shot from his butt. Listen, we know it's tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of..." January 29
I get impression #Brewers would like to find way to do problematic Papelbon trade. If that fails, fall-back position likely is K-Rod.
CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon has a lot more in his bag of tricks than just the tired, old crotch grab. And if he had really been mad at Phillies fans for booing him after a blown save chance last week at Citizens Bank Park, he would have unleashed something more original. “I did it because I needed a..." September 25
Hardball Talk "Jonathan Papelbon has been activated from his seven-game crotch-grabbing suspension. And he has his old job back, as Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters that he will use Papelbon if a save situation arises. So good for him." September 23
USA Today "Major League Baseball suspended Joe West for one game after the umpire grabbed Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon following Papelbon's ejection from a game on Sunday. Papelbon was suspended for seven games for making a lewd gesture toward fans at Citizens Bank Park after he blew a..." September 17
Newark Star-Ledger "Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games and fined after making an obscene gesture at fans at Citizens Bank Park after being pulled from Sunday's loss to the Florida Marlins. Papelbon grabbed his crotch and glared in the direction of booing Phillies fans after he was..." September 16
Hardball Talk "The Phillies had a surfeit of expendable players that were perfect for other teams, but the club stood pat as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline passed. GM Ruben Amaro said other GM’s were overvaluing prospects, and that his demands for his own players were reasonable. With the August 31..." August 25
Tigers showing interest in Phillies LHP Bastardo, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me. Keeping tabs on all relievers -- including Papelbon.
Spoke to a baseball source today who said he expects the #Dodgers to pursue Jonathan Papelbon
CSN Philly "If a contending team wants Jonathan Papelbon, he’s ready to go. His limited no-trade clause will not be an issue. The Phillies’ closer racked up his 22nd save –- and third in as many games -- in the team’s 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night (see Instant Replay). Papelbon..." July 11
CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon was in a much better mood than the last time we saw him as he pulled on his cowboy boots late Saturday afternoon in the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. It was good to get back in the saddle. It was good to rebound from Wednesday night’s Texas-sized disaster with a..." April 06
CBS Sports "Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon had a bit of a down year last season, at least according to his standards. To hear it from him, a hip injury may have been at least partially to blame. "Well, you know I had a couple things going on that I kind of grinded through," Papelbon told Angelo Cataldi..." March 03
CBS Sports "The Phillies have gone from 102 wins in 2011 to 81 wins in 2012 to 73 wins in 2013, but that isn't stopping closer Jonathan Papelbon from being confident in their chances for 2014. Here's what he told reporters on Monday: Well, if Papelbon was a gambling man, he'd probably be out a ton of money..." February 17
Hardball Talk "The quickly souring four-year $50 million deal the Phillies gave Jonathan Papelbon two years ago, and the Orioles’ recent fiasco with Grant Balfour may make the two teams unexpected trade partners. MASN’s Roch Kubatko is reporting that the Phillies and Orioles have discussed a trade involving..." December 21
CSN Philly "The Phillies' entire roster is available for the right price, and as Buster Olney reminded on Monday, that includes shortstop Jimmy Rollins. The Phils shopped Rollins at the 2013 trade deadline but a move was never worked out, mostly because Rollins stated his desire to remain with the team..." December 17
Folks who've talked with PHI say they're EXTREMELY motivated to move Papelbon. Could cost $39m for 2014-2016 seasons if '16 option vests.
CSN New England "After losing out on Robinson Cano, the Yankees appear to have a boatload of money to spend. They also lost All-World closer Mariano Rivera to retirement. Could former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon be their next target? Not likely says Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam. The Philadelphia..." December 07
Sources: #Phillies trying to trade Papelbon.
Courier-Post "As fans exited Citizens Bank Park Thursday there were few loud boos which would’ve been warranted. It was more a state of shock at an incredibly awful finish. The 2-1 loss to the visiting Giants was three outs away from being a 1-0 victory. Jonathan Papelbon whose recent performance has drawn..." August 02
CBS Sports "Phillies star closer Jonathan Papelbon expressed his dissatisfaction with what's going on with the Phillies. But here's some news for him: He's almost surely stuck there. "I can't imagine anyone taking that contract of his and giving Philadelphia pieces back'' one rival executive said basically..." July 29
MLB.com "Jonathan Papelbon had only a couple minutes to talk Sunday morning at Comerica Park but he said plenty expressing the need for changes in the organization if things do not improve on the field. Papelbon signed a four-year $50 million contract in November 2011 but he has known mostly losing at..." July 29
CBS Sports "Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro last week responded to a text seeking an interview with six very direct words. "Yes. But I'm not trading anyone.'' Amaro's position is understandable at this time, what with nobody running away yet in the NL East (though the Braves generally have played..." June 24
CBS Sports "In an otherwise spectacular season, Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon blew his second save of the series against the Nationals on Wednesday night. Jayson Werth did the honors with a run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth. Washington went on to win the game in extra innings. Papelbon..." June 20
Boston Herald "Change is inevitable in the modern-day world of baseball, and that hasn’t been lost on Jonathan Papelbon. When he walked into Fenway Park yesterday, the jersey he sported looked a lot different. His choice of clubhouses was definitely not the same as the one he called home for seven years. Even..." May 28