Nationals still trying to trade Drew Storen

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In his column for FOX Sports on Sunday, Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are still trying to trade reliever Drew Storen.

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.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.