Earlier this month, Deadspin's Tom Ley wrote that if you could say one thing about former Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon "it's that he's always who you would expect him to be." In other words, while Papelbon is a complete wild card as a personality, none of the things he does usually catch anyone by surprise.
But since his Aug. 13 release from the Washington Nationals, Papelbon's actions have caught quite a few by surprise. Despite reported interest from multiple teams, Papelbon hasn't signed with a team. The Nationals actually released Papelbon after he requested it, presumably to avoid having to wait 10 days to find out his fate like he would have had to if he was designated for assignment.
According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, Papelbon won't sign with a team before midnight's deadline for post-season eligibility, which may mean he's decided not to pitch again in 2016: