Sources: Jonathan Papelbon files grievance against Nationals
|12.06.15 at 10:32 pm ET|
NASHVILLE — Jonathan Papelbon‘s brief tenure with the Nationals hasn’t exactly gone swimmingly.
According to multiple major league sources, the former Red Sox closer has filed a grievance against Washington for failing to pay his salary during the team-imposed four-game suspension at the conclusion of the 2015 season.
Papelbon was suspended by the Nationals after engaging in a dugout altercation with teammate Bryce Harper during a Sept. 28 game against the Phillies.
According to the sources, the player’s stance is that there is no precedent of a player having his salary withdrawn after such a team-issued suspension.
No date for a hearing has been set.
Following the incident, the Nationals and their general manager Mike Rizzo issued a statement:
There have been some talk that Papelbon might be on the trading block this offseason, with the 35-year-old slated to make $11 million in the final year of his current contract.
He finished 2015 going 24 for 26 in save opportunities, totaling a combined ERA of 2.13 between the Phillies and Nationals.
MLB.com reported Sunday, however, that it was reliever Drew Storen who the Nationals were looking to deal at the Winter Meetings, which are being held here at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel through Thursday.
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Boston Red Sox: Final Predictions for Each Key Spring Position Battle
- Boston Red Sox: The 5 Most Disappointing Players in Spring Training So...
- David Price Likely to Start Season on DL as He Recovers from Arm Injury
- Boston Red Sox: 5 Players Who Are in Serious Danger of Being Cut or...
- David Price Reportedly Won't Need Elbow Surgery, Will Be Out 7-10 Days
- David Price's Elbow Could Make or Break Red Sox's World Series Dreams
- David Price Underwent MRI on Elbow Injury, Scratched from Spring Training...
- Podcast Ep. #114: Straight Outta A-Ball
- Fort Report: New scouting reports, Meyers motivational WBC experience
- Ockimey making adjustments after second-half swoon
- Notes from the Field: Mata, Anderson, Dalbec, Hill and more from Day Three
- Meyers' big WBC moment now his motivation in camp
- Fort Report: Staff spends the weekend at camp
- Notes from the Field: Devers, Tobias, Garcia and more from Days One and Two
- Fort Report: Owens, Johnson highlight first round of cuts
- Podcast Ep. #113: It's Hard to Develop Baseball Players
- Podcast Ep. #112: If He Dies, He Dies