Nationals Trade Storen to Toronto for Revere
According to both Jon Heyman from CBS Sports and Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports, the Washington Nationals have traded former closer Drew Storen to the Toronto Blue Jays for OF Ben Revere.
Storen was the closer of the Nationals until the trade deadline in July, when he lost his role to Jonathan Papelbon, who was picked up from the Philadelphia Phillies. Although he was lights out prior to the trade, Storen completely fell apart as the new setup man, going 0-2 with a 9.22 ERA post-Papelbon deal. (Overall, Storen was 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA and 29 saves.) Storen’s season ended early in September, where after blowing a game for the Nationals against Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets via a home run, Storen went to the clubhouse and accidentally broke his thumb after slamming it into his locker door. This change of scenery will help out Toronto, as they are in dire need of a clutch 9th inning man. This change of scenery should do Storen well.
Revere split time between both leagues last year, starting his season off with the Phillies and ending it with the Blue Jays. He ended up batting .306 with 181 hits including 22 doubles and 2 home runs, driving in 45 runs and stealing 31 bases. He was a very solid pickup for Toronto on the playoff run, utilizing his offense and stellar defense to help solidify Toronto as a playoff contender. This move will help strength Washington’s outfield and adds another bat to a lineup that already has National League MVP Bryce Harper and former Met Daniel Murphy.
Storen has one year left on his contract going into the 2016 season, while Washington will have Revere locked up for the next 2 years.
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