BOSTON — Jonathan Papelbon was released by the Washington Nationals on Saturday, sparking speculation and rumors about his future.
Could a reunion with the Boston Red Sox be in the cards? It sounds like team president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski will at least look at the possibility.
As for Papelbon himself, he’s reportedly interested in shipping back up to Boston.
Red Sox manager John Farrell was asked about Papelbon before Saturday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park, and he said the team hasn’t had any internal discussions on the 35-year-old reliever right now.
Boston certainly could use an upgrade to its bullpen, whether it comes from inside or outside the organization. The Red Sox bullpen ranks ninth among 15 American League teams with a 3.93 ERA, and it has struggled over the last week or so.
Papelbon saved 219 games for the Red Sox between 2005 and 2011, including a World Series run in 2007.
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