MLB closers with 100+ saves for two different teams

Jonathan Papelbon

Jonathan Papelbon

There is always a flurry of activity right around the trade deadline in baseball and this year has been no exception. One of the more interesting moves was the Phillies sending their closer, Jonathan Papelbon, to the Washington Nationals. Papelbon is one of 48 pitchers in MLB history with 200 or more saves in a career. He is also one of eight active pitchers who has reached the 200-save mark. The others: Craig Kimbrel, Joe Nathan, Fernando Rodney, Francisco Rodriguez, Joakim Soria, Rafael Soriano and Huston Street.

Papelbon is one of 14 pitchers in baseball history to have compiled 100 or more saves with two different teams. Papelbon had 219 saves with the Red Sox and ended his recent Phillies stint with 123 saves. He collected his first save with the Nationals on Thursday.

Here’s a look at the 14 pitchers with 100 or more saves with two different MLB teams.

Lee Smith: 180 (Cubs), 160 (Cardinals)
John Franco: 276 (Mets), 148 (Reds)
Bruce Sutter: 133 (Cubs), 127 (Cardinals)
Todd Worrell: 129 (Cardinals), 127 (Dodgers)
Jonathan Papelbon: 210 (Red Sox), 123 (Phillies)
Francisco Cordero: 151 (Reds), 117 (Rangers)
Rob Nen: 206 (Giants), 108 (Marlins)
Rollie Fingers: 136 (A’s), 108 (Padres)
John Wetteland: 150 (Rangers), 105 (Expos)
Jeff Reardon: 152 (Expos), 104 (Twins)
Jose Mesa: 112 (Phillies), 104 (Indians)
Billy Wagner: 225 (Astros), 101 (Mets)
Roberto Hernandez: 161 (White Sox), 101 (Rays)
Brad Lidge: 123 (Astros), 100 (Phillies)

Another interesting stat about Papelbon is that he is one of only two relievers that is the career save leader with two different teams. He sits atop the red Sox and Phillies career saves leaderboard. The other is Rob Nen; he is number one on the career saves list for the Marlins and Giants.

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