Where In The World Is Ex-Closer Jonathan Papelbon?
It's been more than eight days since the world was notified that former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon would choose a new team within 24 hours. Now, there is literally no news about his plans, preferences or even his whereabouts. When the Nationals released him, it was surmised that a slew of contending teams would lust after Pap to bolster their bullpens. Eventually, stories leaked out that it was down to the Chicago Cubs and the Red Sox. Each one of these franchises had people tugging Papelbon their way—Theo Epstein and Jon Lester in The Windy City/John Farrell and David Ortiz here. Alas, nothing has transpired and one has to wonder whether Papelbon has any value left at all. Or maybe his 'quirky' personality just isn't worth the risk. If you're out there, Pap, call Fenway!