Report: Jonathan Papelbon requests release from Nationals

Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon has requested his release, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports.

Papelbon was acquired from Philadelphia at last season’s trade deadline to close for Washington, but the team missed the playoffs anyway and he has been largely ineffective this season. The Nats traded for Pirates closer Mark Melancon at this season’s trade deadline, who immediately supplanted Papelbon at the back end of the bullpen.

Crasnick reports the move could happen on Saturday as the NL East-leading Nationals shuffle their roster to make room for Reynaldo Lopez, who is scheduled to pitch against the Braves Saturday night.

Papelbon, 35, has 19 saves and a career-worst 4.37 ERA this season. He has not pitched in a game since August 6 and will be a free agent this off-season

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