Jonathan Papelbon


Forget the hot stove — there are possible trades and transactions surrounding the Nationals at this juncture of the offseason that have turned it into a scorching stove.


There's no question about the Nationals' most-pressing need this winter: bullpen help. And there's no question about the best-available reliever on the free-agent market: Darren O'Day.


There may be no more complex question facing the Nationals this winter than this: What do they do with Jonathan Papelbon?


Whether there was purpose behind it or not, Dusty Baker shared a pretty interesting anecdote during his introductory news conference Thursday.