By Michael Marzzacco
A source told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN that Jonathan Papelbon has requested to be released from the Washington Nationals. The Nats front office is now figuring out the best method to release him.
Papelbon is 2-4 with a 4.37 ERA in 37 appearances. He is 19 for 22 in save opportunities. After blowing a save in Cleveland on July 26, unsuccessfully retiring the five batters he faced, Washington acquired Mark Melancon from Pittsburgh four days later.
The Nats need to make a roster move when they recall Reynaldo Lopez so Papelbon could be out as early as today.
Papelbon was acquired a year ago in a trade with the Phillies right before the deadline. Before the trade happened, the Nats were in first place and Drew Storen was their closer. After the trade, Storen and the rest of the bullpen struggled and finished seven games behind the Mets.
Papelbon became disliked by many Nationals fans after he attempted to choke Bryce Harper during a dugout altercation with one week left in the season which resulted in being suspended for the rest of the season.