By Ray Boyd
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It looks like Jonathan Papelbon is on the verge of getting his wish. According to several media reports, the Phillies and Nationals have agreed to a deal that will send the all-star closer to D.C.
Papelbon, the Phillies all-time saves leader, has not been shy about making it known that he isn’t happy pitching for the team with the worst record in baseball.
The pending deal, first reported by Jim Salisbury, will send Papelbon from worst to first in the National League East.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that if the deal is completed, Papelbon will close for the Nationals and be retained for the 2016 season. He is also reporting that Papelbon will take less money to play for the Nationals.
Todd Zolecki is reporting that the Phillies will receive Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta in the deal for Papelbon.