Monday, January 4, 2016

Does Another Shut-Down Bullpen Arm Make Any Sense?

Drew Storen Is Available
The recent trend (via the World Series Champion Royals) of lining up stud late-inning relievers has been copied by several teams already—including your Carmine Hose. Some combination of Carson Smith, Junichi Tazawa, Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara should drastically shorten games this season. And yet, The Empire's signing of Aroldis Chapman (to go along with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances) raises the question of whether the Red Sox need even more firepower in the 'pen. Right on schedule, the Nationals are letting it be known that former closer Drew Storen is available via the trade route. He has one year left in arbitration at $8.8 million. The 28-year old Storen has 95 saves over six seasons and an ERA of 3.02. In 334 career innings he's given up just 281 hits. He has been functionally displaced as closer by (you guessed it) Jonathan Papelbon. With Dave Dombrowski's penchant for adding relief arms, this may be a tantalizing option.