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Nationals land Jonathan Papelbon in trade with Phillies

Nationals land Jonathan Papelbon in trade with Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals. The Nationals announced the deal Tuesday in Miami, where they opened a series against the Marlins. Papelbon is Philadelphia's career saves leader with 123 and is 17 for 17 in save chances this season. Papelbon also is Boston's saves leader with 219. The Phillies will receive Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta for Papelbon. As part of the trade, Papelbon's $13 million option for 2016 becomes a guaranteed $11 million salary. The 34-year-old right-hander had said he wouldn't accept a trade unless he would remain a closer, which means the Nationals will likely move...

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