Jul 11, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Drew Storen (22) delivers to the plate during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Nationals want to trade Drew Storen

Earlier on Sunday, news broke suggesting the Washington Nationals had interest in closer Grant Balfour. It was a bit odd considering Balfour wants to close and the Nationals have a handful of players who have closing experience at the Major League level.

Now we have a better understanding as to why the Nationals are showing interest in Balfour.

It’s because they want to trade reliever Drew Storen.

Per Ken Rosenthal:

The Nats almost certainly do not want Soriano to pitch enough games to vest his $14 million option for 2015. They likely prefer Clippard as a setup man and, according to sources, would like to trade Storen, who will earn $3.45 million this season.

Storen, who had 43 saves in 2011 has pitched mainly as a setup arm in recent years though figures to play a role in a potential closing spot this season (assuming he isn’t traded). Possibly uncomfortable with such, moving Storen would allow the Nationals to save nearly $4 million dollars – money they could spend on signing Balfour.

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