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Drew Storen | Relief Pitcher | #45

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 196
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Stanford
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (10) / WAS
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Mariners acquired RHP Drew Storen and cash from the Blue Jays for RHP Joaquin Benoit.
Storen was designated for assignment by Toronto on Sunday morning after posting a 6.21 ERA in 38 relief appearances. He's making an $8.375 million salary in 2016, and the Jays will cover the majority of what's left. Benoit has also been pretty terrible this season. Jul 26 - 11:11 PM

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Blue Jays designated RHP Drew Storen for assignment.

What a disaster of a season it's been for Storen, who has posted a 6.21 ERA over 38 appearances with the Jays. His velocity has also been down a bit, although he's struck out a batter per inning. Storen will almost surely clear waivers given his $8.375 million salary, although it's possible the Jays will be able to work out a trade.
Jul 24 - 10:42 AM

Drew Storen gave up four runs while retiring just one batter Monday against the Rockies.

Storen gave up two singles and hit two batters before being pulled. Jesse Chavez took over and merely added fuel to the fire in what turned out to be a six-run inning for the Rockies. Storen had been doing solid work the last two months after a horrid April, but tonight's showing pushed his ERA back up to 6.28. His struggles are the biggest reason the Jays will be on the hunt for another setup man next month.
Jun 28 - 12:25 AM

Drew Storen got two outs with a two-run lead for his third save of the year Monday against the Yankees.

The Jays didn't want to use Roberto Osuna tonight, so they turned to Aaron Loup to start the ninth in a 4-0 game. After he surrendered a two-run homer with one out, Storen took over and retired two of the three batters he faced. Storen has picked up three saves this year, but his ERA stands at 6.75.
May 30 - 9:45 PM

Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Blue Jays have told teams Drew Storen is available via trade.

The Jays surely aren't in sell mode even after a disappointing start, but it does appear they're willing to deal their setup man for the right return. Storen holds a 7.80 ERA on the season and has seen his velocity drop, although he boasts a 16/4 K/BB ratio across 15 innings. He'll be a free agent after the season. Elliott says scouts from the Braves, Rockies, Royals, Dodgers, Marlins, Padres and Giants were watching the Jays-Twins series this weekend.
Source: Toronto Sun
May 22 - 8:15 AM

Drew Storen danced around trouble to pitch a scoreless ninth inning against the Dodgers on Friday for his second save of the season.

Storen got the nod over Roberto Osuna, who was unavailable for unspecified reasons. He walked Yasmani Grandal to begin the inning before giving up a one-out single to Joc Pederson. Chase Utley reached on a bunt single with two outs to load the bases, but Storen got Corey Seager to fly out to left field to end it. Storen has three straight scoreless appearances under his belt, but still owns an ugly 7.36 ERA on the year.
May 6 - 10:18 PM

Drew Storen was shaky but picked up a save Monday in the Blue Jays' win over the Red Sox.

Storen yielded a two-out RBI double off the Green Monster to Travis Shaw and an RBI single up the middle to Hanley Ramirez, but he was able to strike out David Ortiz looking with a borderline call on the upper-outside corner to preserve Toronto's lead. Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna got the day off after a blister on his right hand opened up during a rough outing on Sunday. The ninth inning still belongs to the 21-year-old right-hander.
Apr 18 - 2:23 PM

After learning he won't be the team's closer, Drew Storen gave up two runs in his inning of work Wednesday against the Twins.

Storen pretty much imploded after being replaced by Jonathan Papelbon in D.C. last year, so it will be interesting to see how he reacts after missing out on the closer gig in Toronto, especially after he matched up pretty well with 0Roberto Osuna this spring (Storen had allowed one run in six innings, Osuna had allowed three runs -- two earned -- in his six innings). Storen should be dropped in mixed leagues that don't count holds. He's a fringe AL-only guy, too, since Osuna should be safe in the job.
Mar 30 - 4:36 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will announce the team's closer on Wednesday morning.

The Blue Jays were originally expected to make the announcement on Tuesday, but there has been a slight change of plans. It would be a surprise if Drew Storen didn't get the nod, especially since he has a 1.50 ERA in six appearances this spring. Roberto Osuna has a 3.00 ERA in his six Grapefruit League appearances.
Mar 29 - 2:54 PM

Drew Storen and Roberto Osuna both pitched hitless innings Tuesday as the Blue Jays and Orioles played to a 6-6 tie.

Just as they have in their previous three appearances, Storen and Osuna worked in the same game and turned in similar outings. Both have allowed one run in four innings, with those single runs coming in the same game. We still think Storen is going to open up in the closer's role as long as the two keep posting similar results.
Mar 15 - 5:14 PM

Drew Storen pitched a perfect inning Friday against the Red Sox.

Once again, Storen and Roberto Osuna worked on the same day. Once again, they ended up with similar lines, though Osuna did give up a single. Both have allowed one run in three innings this spring, with those lone runs coming on the same day. They're competing to become the Blue Jays' closer.
Mar 11 - 4:02 PM

Both Drew Storen and Roberto Osuna allowed single runs in their innings against the Orioles on Friday.

Well, that doesn't seem likely to affect the closer battle in Toronto. Storen looks like the favorite for saves from here. If nothing else, it makes big economic sense to go with him for a year rather than drive up Osuna's future arbitration paydays.
Mar 4 - 5:36 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated Friday that Drew Storen could be the favorite to open the season as the Blue Jays closer.

In an interview with Jayson Stark of ESPN, Gibbons elaborated, "Storen is pretty much a one-inning guy. And I think you can stretch Osuna out a little bit, say maybe an inning-plus. So if that's the case, I don't know, maybe that gives the edge to Storen as the closer. And maybe you can use Roberto some different ways." While it's not a clear declaration, it does seem to point to Storen as the most likely candidate to get the ball in the ninth inning.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 19 - 8:49 PM

Blue Jays and RHP Drew Storen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8.375 million contract.

It's a big raise for Storen in his final year of arbitration eligibility. Acquired last week from the Nationals in a trade, he will either close or set up for the Blue Jays in 2016.
Jan 15 - 12:58 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Saturday that the team hasn't committed to a closer yet.

Toronto acquired Drew Storen from the Nationals on Friday but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll pitch the ninth inning. Roberto Osuna had a tremendous rookie season with 20 saves and a 9.7 K/9. Osuna's long-term future may be in the rotation but it's unclear when and if he'll make that transition. Storen was Washington's closer during the first half of last season but moved to a setup role after the team acquired Jonathan Papelbon at the trade deadline.
Jan 9 - 4:16 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Mike Zunino
3Steve Clevenger
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Shawn O'Malley
3Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Franklin Gutierrez
2Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
2Guillermo Heredia
RF1Seth Smith
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5James Paxton
6Wade LeBlanc
7Adrian Sampson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Edwin Diaz
3Charlie Furbush
4Tony Zych
5Nick Vincent
6Vidal Nuno
7Nate Karns
8Tom Wilhelmsen
9Drew Storen
10Evan Scribner
11Ryan Cook