David Ortiz says Red Sox would welcome back Jonathan Papelbon ‘with open arms’

Jonathan Papelbon has burned a lot of bridges in his major league career, but David Ortiz says the embattled reliever is still welcome in Boston."I don’t know what happened there at the Nationals, but he was a great guy (with the Red Sox) and we would welcome him back with open arms," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes on Wednesday."And we need help in the bullpen. We definitely do."MORE: Worst clubhouse cancersPapelbon broke in with the Red Sox in https://www.rockiesedges.com/colorado-rockies/jon-gray-jersey 2005 and became a four-time All-Star while saving 219 games in seven seasons in Boston.He asked for his release fromthe Nationals on Saturday after losing the closer role to recentlyacquired MarkMelancon, andis Jake McGee Jersey expected to sign with a new club within the coming days.Papelbonleft Boston in 2011 after signing a$50 million contract with the Phillies,but experienceddiscontent with the club and fans before being dealt to theNatslast season.He eventually wore out his welcome with D.C. fans when he choked reigning National League MVP Bryce Harperduring the club’s final home game of 2015. The Nats suspended Papelbon for the remainder of the season.MORE: Harper’s jersey from fight with Papelbon is not for sale"He started here and the fans love him," Ortiz said. “Jonathan is like a brother to me. He’s a great guy and an amazing teammate. His teammates were always first to https://www.rockiesedges.com/colorado-rockies/charlie-blackmon-jersey him. It would be fabulous to have him back."Ortiz’s words echo those of former Red Sox teammateJon Lester, who hopesPapelbon decides to sign with Lester’scurrent team, the Cubs."He just gets a bad rap for what happened in the dugout," Lestersaid,via ESPN.com."Knowing Papelbon, I’ve always had good things to say about him as a teammate, how he respects the game and how he goes about his busine s."Papelbon, 35,hasa 4.37 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP and a 31:14 K:BB ratio in35 innings thisseason.