Readers already know I thought the Papelbon trade would turn out badly (see several previous posts). His ridiculous beaning of Machado in the recent Orioles game and now attacking Bryce Harper in the dugout today will hopefully bring Mike Rizzo to his senses. It is time to end the “Pap-smear.” He has shown repeatedly over the years that he is an “it’s all about ME” player who doesn’t belong in the Nats clubhouse.
Acquiring “Pap” was a bad mistake from the get-go. They needed a set-up pitcher, not another closer.
The Lerners need to step up to the plate and get rid of Rizzo, Matt Williams, and Papelbon the day after the end of the season.