Earlier this morning, Nationals reliever, Jonathan Papelbon (career-worst 4.37 ERA), requested to be released after losing his job as the closer to newly-acquired Mark Melancon. Papelbon was once one of the best closers in the game; easily a top 5. He's even the all-time saves leader in Red Sox history.
And with the state of this bullpen being in shambles, why not take a flier on him?
In Washington, he's in a situation where he's playing on a team that doesn't need him. He's also in a scenario where he plays with a cancer in Bryce Harper, who is known to dog it and get in the face of veterans who want him to step it up. In Boston, he'd be a necessity as the bullpen has been absolutely horrendous and needs help desperately. A guy like Papelbon can come in and be the seventh inning guy whenever he's needed and even the setup man or closer at times.
With recent news of Kimbrel dealing with knee soreness in his last appearance, the Sox may have to relax on using him as often as they may like. Making it so a guy like Matt Barnes or Brad Ziegler to have to close more, freeing up a spot in the pen for Pap.
With Tazawa's recent struggles, a DFA may be in store for him. I don't what what everyone else thinks, but Papelbon would be far better than Taz at this point.
Now I know he's a shell of his former self, but a change of scenery could seriously help him figure it out.
There were never any issues of his behavior while he was here; in fact, his fiery passion and charismatic attitude was loved in Boston. He's a low risk, with potential high reward for a struggling Boston bullpen.
I'd take the risk, the Sox need to shake things up a bit.