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Is Jonathan Papelbon Toast?

May 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

People are wondering about Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox.

The plans of the Red Sox went up in flames on Monday after the New York Yankees torched Jonathan Papelbon (katchop)

Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox foolishly attempts to run from the flames on his back, after the New York Yankees torched him on Monday (katchop)

From courant.com

What’s happened? Where’s the put-away splitter? Has he become so predictable that the notoriously patient Yankees jumped on first pitches when they were running out of outs? Is his velocity down? Is last October’s nightmare still haunting him? All these things happen to closers, often after just a few years on top of their game. Don’t go by Mariano Rivera – he’s the exception, not the rule.

Papelbon, too, is a high-maintainence character, a loose cannon in a clubhouse that likes to keep it all business. He has always seemed a little too concerned with what closer’s make, perhaps because he turned away from starting, which is where the biggest money is. And he will soon be a free agent.

Should the Red Sox explore Daniel Bard as the closer? Not that he has been perfect, but it may be his job sooner rather than later, who maybe it’s time to give him some save chances. Should the Red Sox look to deal Papelbon for help in other areas? They have made block-buster mid-season deals before – remember, they traded Manny and Nomar away at deadline time. Should they encourage Papelbon to work on other pitches by using him in non-save situations?

Original Photo zimbio

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