According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a one-year deal with reliever Drew Storen. The deal will be at the big league level, worth $3 million with the potential for incentives, and will become the fourth MLB team for Storen.
Storen, 29, was the former 10th-overall pick of the Washington Nationals in the 2009 MLB Draft and debuted with the Nationals in 2010. After six seasons in Washington, he was flipped to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for current Angels' outfielder Ben Revere. Storen struggled, and was ultimately flipped to the Seattle Mariners for Joaquin Benoit, where he had more success.
Storen went 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA in 38 appearances with the Blue Jays, but improved in Seattle, going 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA in 19 appearances. Despite the struggles of last year, Storen owns a 25-16 record with 3.31 ERA over his 7 year career, with 98 saves.
The Cincinnati Reds had one of the worst bullpens in major-league history last season, allowing the most home runs of any team in major league history. The pitching staff also posted a Wins Above Replacement total that was below the average big league player, something that has never been done. The Reds are seeking upgrades in anyway possible, and Storen will have a chance to rebuild the value he lost last season.
Should Storen have a bounce back season, the Reds could be motivated to trade him to a contender to expedite their rebuild. The Reds took similar gambles with players like Ross Ohlendorf, Blake Wood and Keyvius Sampson among others, and will take another calculated gamble on Storen.