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:
Sure, the Nationals and Orioles didn't make the playoffs, but that didn't stop a "Battle of the Beltways" moment from breaking out during NLCS Game 1.
Ex-National Gio Gonzalez started the game for the Brewers. In the second inning, ex-Oriole Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the Dodgers.
Here's what happened next:
If you squint, you can imagine the ball flying into the Nationals Park bullpen or the Camden Yards bleachers.
And in case you're wondering, we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone.
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The Washington Nationals picked up righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen.
The Nationals said Wednesday that they gave the Marlins international slot value in the deal.
The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.
Barraclough's ERA ballooned to 10.24 over his final 24 games and he lost the Marlins closer's job.
He has a career ERA of 3.21 with 279 strikeouts and 134 walks in 218 2/3 innings over four seasons, all with Miami.
Washington general manager Mike Rizzo is in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season.
The deal helps the Marlins in their pursuit of top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, a Cuban outfielder who tried out for major league scouts at Marlins Park last week.
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