Jonathan Papelbon officially released, Lopez recalled

The ill-fated acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon is officially over in Washington, as the Nationals granted him his release.  To fill the roster spot, the Nats have recalled P Reynaldo Lopez.  News comes via Bill Ladson.

The Nats have recalled RHP Reynaldo Lopez from Triple-A Syracuse and released RHP Jonathan Papelbon. #Nats #Nationals #MLB

Papelbon is signed through the 2016 season and will be a free agent in 2017. He has a career-worst 4.37 ERA in 37 games this season, with a 2-4 record and 19 saves.

Once the Nationals executed a trade to acquire closer Mark Melancon, the writing was on the wall.  The Papelbon experiment was the worst trade of the Mike Rizzo era and was bound to end soon.

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