It’s been a wacky summer for former Phillies closer, Jonathan Papelbon. He got his wish once the Phillies traded him to the Washington Nationals in July. He also made out quite handsomely with the sale of his condo at 1706 Rittenhouse–the second-ever resale in the posh building.
Then it all went sour–and quickly. The Nationals fizzled during the back half of the season, ultimately missing the playoffs, and the outspoken Papelbon got into a hefty dugout dust-up with superstar outfielder Bryce Harper. He’s been suspended for the season, leaving his future in Washington D.C. in some doubt.
Which brings us to an interesting bit of news. Daniel J. Sernovitz of the Washington Business Journal reports that Papelbon has purchased this 5-bedroom home in Belle Haven, Virginia for $2.9 million. It’s just south of Alexandria, Virginia and about a 20 minute ride from Nationals Park. Sernovitz says that the Nationals “would still have to pay the pitcher $11 million” should they cut ties with the 34-year-old closer.
- Suspended Nationals closer Papelbon pays $2.9 million for a D.C.-area home [Washington Business Journal]