When the Nationals signed Rafael Soriano to a two-year, $28 million contract late in the off-season, I had three reactions:
• The Nationals certainly are all-in to win now. With two capable closers already on the roster, they still gave Soriano a contract that will make him the game’s highest-paid closer this year.
Scott Boras has done it again. Just when Soriano’s decision to opt out of a $14 million salary from the Yankees was looking like a mistake, Boras somehow secured him an upgraded contract.
• Poor Drew Storen. First, he had an entire off-season to think about his spectacularly blown save that ended the Nationals’ season. Now he had to absorb another punch to the gut. He had lost his job as closer for the next two years.
Storen, 25, knows little else but closing. He was a closer at Stanford, was drafted as a closer with the 10th pick in the 2009 draft had saved 43 games in his second year out of college. After missing the first half of 2012 with an elbow injury, Storen had worked his way back into closing and was thriving until he blew a two-run lead with the Nationals just three outs from the NL Championship Series.
No wonder he wasn’t thrilled when pitching coach Steve McCatty called him with a too-late heads-up the day that Soriano signed.
“I’d already seen it,” Storen shrugs. “Just part of it. I’d rather not say anything about it. It’s understood. It is what it is.”
Disappointed Drew Storen won't be distraction for Nationals
SportingNews.com | Feb 26