The Washington Nationals have acquired Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies.  Papelbon has saved 123 games for Philly over four seasons, posting a 2.31 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP, striking out 252 batters in 237.2 IP.  Only Craig Kimbrel, Fernando Rodney, Aroldis Chapman and Greg Holland have saved more games since 2012.  

Papelbon, 34, will take over the closer role for the Nats, moving Drew Storen to a setup role.  Storen has 29 of the Nationals 31 saves this season and boosts a 10.9 K/9.  Storen, Casey Janssen and Matt Thornton have been the only reliable bullpen arms for Washington this season.  The Nats are 52-45, and sit just 2 games ahead of the New York Mets in the National League East.  The Mets added Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson and Tyler Clippard this past week.

Ken Giles will take over the closer role for the Phillies.  Giles owns an 11.13 K/9 in 43.2 IP witih 12 holds and a 1.85 ERA.

Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman return to the Nationals lineup after DL stints.


Cole Hamels is waiting to be traded as well.

Papelbon Nationals Closer