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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  • Al Dattolo

    This guy is all washed up like the rest of the aging Nationals

    • NatsMan

      The “aging Nationals?” You’re a moron.

      • Al Dattolo

        WITH YOUR FILTHY LANGUAGE YOU HAVE MY SYMPATHY AND YOU HAVE SHOWN WHO THE REAL MORON REALLY IS.

        • NatsMan

          Yeah, the moron comment was uncalled for. Sorry about that. But, really what’s the average age of the Nationals…28? 29? They are hardly what you would call an aging ball club at this point.