Each National League Team’s Most Disappointing Player so Far

Washington Nationals – Jonathan Papelbon, CP, 0-2, 9 Saves, 2 Blown Saves, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts


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The Washington Nationals have been pretty darn solid this year and picking a disappointing player is not a particularly easy task. Jonathan Papelbon has not been necessarily terrible, but the ongoing saga with him has been overall disappointing.

The Nats acquired him at the deadline last year, which immediately struck a nerve with the closer at the time Drew Storen. From there, the Nats went totally downhill, subsequently missing the playoffs and Papelbon was involved in multiple incidents. Just four days apart in September, he threw intentionally at Manny Machado, and then got into an altercation with Bryce Harper. Then in December he filed a grievance complaint against the organization.

In the offseason, the Nationals elected to deal Drew Storen to Toronto to eliminate any closer controversy, except being the sole closer has not helped Papelbon much. He already has two losses and two blown saves, and could be in danger of losing his job with veteran Shawn Kelly being so dominant.

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