Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe had an article the other day about the Red Sox and their need for a closer next season. He lists the possible trades and free agents, among them all the usual suspects. He mentions Drew Storen and notes:
Has not been the same pitcher since the Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon. Storen saved 29 games, then the Papelbon move backfired on Washington as Storen became ineffective in a setup role. Still, he’s a good arm with experience in both roles. The Nationals may be eager to move him. Storen is arbitration-eligible for one more season.
This makes sense to me. For starters, while I am not a fan of how Storen has handled his demotion to the set-up role, he has proven himself a capable closer. Secondly, his ballooning ERA and locker room meltdown has lowered his trade value, so he is a cheap pick up. Lastly, he would be relatively low risk as he would not be under contract after 2016. If he works, they can sign him long term. If not, he could be a good one year project for a rebuilding team