WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon has filed a grievance against the Nationals for failing to pay his salary when the right-hander was suspended for the final four games of the 2015 regular season. Papelbon was involved in a dugout altercation with teammate and outfielder Bryce Harper.
Papelbon’s argument is that there was no precedent for a player’s salary to be withheld during a team-issued suspension. A date for a hearing has not yet been set.
The Nationals are shopping Papelbon as well as bullpen mate Drew Storen at the Winter Meetings. The club acquired him ahead of the trade deadline in July from the Phillies.