As presently situated, Storen would be setting up for closer Jonathan Papelbon. However, that was a role in which Storen famously struggled after the Nationals acquired Papelbon in a trade with the Phillies ahead of the July trade deadline. A look at his numbers before and after the acquisition:
- Before Papelbon: 36 1/3 IP, 29 saves in 31 chances, 1.73 ERA, 44 K, 9 BB, 1 HR
- After Papelbon: 18 2/3 IP, 2 losses, 3 blown saves, 5 holds, 6.75 ERA, 23 K, 7 BB, 3 HR
Storen’s season ended in mid-September when he broke his thumb angrily slamming his locker shut. That followed his second consecutive outing against the Mets in which he allowed a crucial run. The right-hander is entering his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility and can become a free agent after the 2016 season.