Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 27th save after throwing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout against the Astros on Thursday.
Papelbon has now converted 27 of his first 30 save opportunities in 2014, while managing to support a 1.68 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and a 46:13 K:BB rate over 48.1 innings. There is a chance the Phillies may still try to move their closer before the waiver trade deadline, but the odds are unlikely he will be moved considering he will not waive his no-trade clause to be moved to middle relief with a new team.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Rajon Rondo has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings.
There was some late buzz that Rondo could join the Lakers, but instead he'll sign with the Sacramento Kings for a one-year, $10 million deal. Rondo's season fell apart in 2014 after being traded to Dallas, but expectations will still be high for the point guard due to his track record. That being said, last year's meltdown for Rondo was jarring, as his assists per game fell from 10.8 to 6.5, and his rebounds went from 7.5 to 4.5 per game. Hopefully Rondo will become better acclimated with his team in Dallas, as if he can get it together, Rondo could be a key piece in his new team's playoff bid. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Patrick Beverley has agreed to a four-year deal with the Rockets.
The 26-year old will return to Houston after spending his first three seasons with the team, averaging 8.9 points, 3 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game over his tenure. Last season was his best as a professional, and Beverley will look to earn an expanded role in the backcourt next season after averaging 30.8 minutes last season. The four-year deal is worth $25 million. Analysis: Ben Diamond