Does landing Melancon number Papelbon’s days as a Nat?

Mr. Melancon goes to Washington, but . . .

Mr. Melancon goes to Washington, but . . .

Maybe the Nats really are looking to open the trap door through which Jonathan Papelbon will fall away. You don’t trade for the other guy’s star closer unless you’ve just about had it with your incumbent, for whatever reason.

Wasn’t that the reason the Nats themselves dealt for Papelbon a year ago Thursday? Because they’d just about had it with Drew Storen despite Storen having what should have become a bounceback for the ages, or at least for the Nats’ ages?

The Nats are close to losing what they shouldn’t have kept

Papelbon after the quick hook Thursday---his Nat hours numbered?

Papelbon after the quick hook Thursday—his Nat hours numbered?

It remains an absolute disgrace that the Nationals made little apparent effort to rid themselves of Jonathan Papelbon last winter after his bid to choke Bryce Harper in an unwarranted dugout skirmish. And despite the Nats holding a five and a half game lead in the National League East, they may be thinking of icing Papelbon at long enough last.

A tale of two ex-Yankees to be?

Teixiera---who looks here as though he'd love to---can still eat up balls at first base at an above average level, but his injury-compromised bat may make him an ex-Yankee sooner than you think.

Teixiera—who looks here as though he’d love to—can still eat up balls at first base at an above average level, but his injury-compromised bat may make him an ex-Yankee sooner than you think.

There comes speculation that some in the administration of the Yankees—struggling much of the season, but currently winners of seven out of their last eleven—are pondering whether to cut bait and release two aging and expensive veterans, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera. If so, the pondering should graduate to acting.

Medicine for the Mets: Sweep the Cubs

Loney (l) gives Flores the low-five on Flores's record-tying Sunday . . .

Loney (l) gives Flores the low-five on Flores’s record-tying Sunday . . .

Don’t even think about saying the Mets have been cured completely of their June swoon just yet. And don’t even think about saying the Cubs have been broken back to the land of the mere mortals just yet. But it wouldn’t be out of line to suggest that a weekend sweep of the Cubs gave the Mets their first serious medicinal break of the year. And we use the term “medicinal” advisedly.