Jonathan Papelbon has a new house, but whether he’s got a new home is still up in the air.
The Washington Business Journal reported Papelbon and his wife bought a $2.9 million home in Belle Haven, Va, on Sept. 14. The new home would offer the Washington Nationals closer about a 30-minute ride to Nationals Park.
There’s only one problem. It’s unclear how long Papelbon will actually be making the commute to Nationals Park. He won’t be making the trek for the rest of this season, as he was suspended for the final seven games. Three of those games were part of a Major League Baseball suspension for throwing at Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. The other four games stem from a Nationals suspension for Papelbon’s role in a dugout altercation with teammate Bryce Harper.
In fact, the suspension from the Nationals came two weeks to the date the Papelbons reportedly bought the new house.
It’s been a rocky road for Papelbon since he was traded to the Nationals from the Philadelphia Phillies in July. Papelbon is signed through 2016 and is set to earn $11 million next season. It wouldn’t be too surprising, especially given how things have gone so far, if the Nationals entertained the idea of moving Papelbon in the offseason.
Hopefully Papelbon doesn’t lose the number of his real estate people — just in case.
H/t to Larry Brown Sports
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