The Washington Nationals have been busy this morning as they have signed two players to deals already before the 1 PM deadline. This time it is Drew Storen who signs for one-year $3.45 million.
Storen also has the ability to make an extra million if he finishes 60 games in 2014. I don’t see that happening without an injury to Soriano, but we will see.
Storen struck out nearly eight and a half batters last season while walking nearly three. If he can get his walks down, he can be even more dominate in the late innings. Storen and Clippard, who is also arb. eligible, will take care of the back end of the bullpen this season, along with Jerry Blevins, who is also arb. eligible.
Storen had a good 2013 season, but look for him to have a better 2014. With a more upbeat scheme and coaching style, it will hit everyone, just not the position players. Everyone will want to play that way and it will get to the bullpen guys as well. If they can finish out games in which the Nationals have a lead, that is less that you have to worry about. It won’t happen every time but it should happen 80 or more percent of the time.