Kentucky senator says the Nationals ‘need to get rid of Papelbon’

Tuesday December 15th, 2015

Even powerful members of the government hate Jonathan Papelbon. 

During an interview Tuesday morning at a Politico event, Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell was asked for his thoughts on the upcoming Nationals season. He wasn’t afraid of mincing his words and made it very clear that Papelbon has worn out his welcome in Washington after wringing Bryce Harper’s neck. 


Top 5 Tuesday: The best Mike Francesa callers of 2015

If only it were that easy, Senator. It seems Papelbon’s outburst has made it tough for the Nats to move him. “You can't trade him. He's untradeable,” an anonymous executive told’s Jon Heyman last month. 

- Dan Gartland

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.