After choking out Bryce Harper in the dugout on Sunday, Jonathan Papelbon's future with the Washington Nationals would seem to be in doubt. He has a contract for 2016 and a no-trade clause, but can the team afford to bring him back after what he did?
If the Nats do decide to part ways, Papelbon may have to call his real estate agent. According to the Washington Business Journal, Papelbon recently closed on a house in Alexandria, Va. for $2.9 million. The date of sale cited was Sept. 14, less than two weeks before he and Harper got into it.
Could that play into this offseason and whether Papelbon would allow a trade elsewhere? Certainly the circumstances of everything have changed since his fight with Harper, but now Papelbon will have to sell a very expensive house if he wants to leave town.
The Business Journal has more information and a picture of the home, if you are interested.
UPDATE: If Papelbon wants to sell his house, rapper Wale may be interested:
Following a dicey matchup between the Nats and Braves Friday night which featured a heated argument between Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals are getting a much-needed opportunity to regroup.
The Washington Nationals' official Twitter account announced that Saturday evening's matchup will be postponed due to inclement weather just after 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
The Nationals had planned to host "JMU Night" at the ballpark as a part of their "College Day" series, and due to more forecasted inclement weather Sunday, the Nationals decided to call the game off sooner rather than later.
The Nationals have yet to announce when the game will be made up.
If Sunday's game is played as scheduled, Max Scherzer will start.
This post will be updated when more information regarding a makeup date has been announced.
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The Washington Nationals have had a less than ideal season thus far.
The reigning N.L. East champs entered the All-Star Break 5.5 games back of first place, have a new manager that has gotten his fair share of criticism, are riddled with injuries contributing to a lengthy disabled list and seem to be frustrated to no end on the baseball field.
In his first game back following a right shoulder injury that landed him on the DL for over a month, Stephen Strasburg started Friday night's game in Washington against the Braves, one of two teams above the Nats in the East standings.
Following a poor outing in the fifth inning in which Davey Martinez decided to pull Strasburg, fellow ace Max Scherzer attempted to greet the starter. Strasburg brushed Scherzer off as he sat down on the bench and the two got into what seemed like a very heated exchange.
The Nationals never recovered from Strasburg's start and fell to the Braves 8-5 in Washington.
The frustration was evident as Martinez met with Scherzer and Strasburg to hash out the argument, delaying postgame clubhouse access to the media while their meeting was going on.
The meeting was kept under lock by Martinez, Scherzer, and Strasburg, who chalked it up to just being a part of the "family."
According to Martinez, the dugout conversation was hashed out and he immediately brushed it off when pressed for questions.
The Nationals look to even up the series against The Braves in Washington tonight.
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