Nationals plan to shop Drew Storen at the Winter Meetings

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5 Comments’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nationals plan to shop reliever Drew Storen at the upcoming Winter Meetings in Nashville. The team is also expected to pursue trading closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Storen, 28, was having a terrific season until the Nationals acquired Papelbon in a trade with the Phillies on July 28. To that point, Storen was 29-for-31 in save situations with a 1.73 ERA and a 44/9 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. Following the trade, which bumped him into the set-up role, Storen posted a 6.75 ERA with a 23/7 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings. The right-hander broke the thumb on his pitching hand after allowing a game-winning home run to then-Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on September 9. The injury ended his season.

Storen is entering his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $5.7 million in 2015. He can become a free agent after the 2016 season.