The Washington Nationals are reportedly interested in the possible trade of relievers Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen. Sources indicate that Storen is more likely to be traded than Clippard. However, both players are said to be available for offers.
“It would be hard to trade Clippard, because he can do two roles for you if need be,” an anonymous source said, according to the team’s website. “He can work the setup role. If something happens to your closer and he goes down, Clippard can move in there.
“Storen is a little inconsistent. … He is young enough where he could bring a left-hander in a trade. … In my mind, I think there is a market for him. His salary is not prohibitive. I do think there is a market for him out there.”
Storen struggled mightily at times in 2013, so much so that the Nationals were forced to send him down to Triple-A to work out his issues. The good news is the 26-year-old figured it out as he posted a 1.40 earned run average in his last 21 appearances of the season. If anything, last season was simply a down year for the right-hander as he is expected to bounce back in 2014.
Clippard is someone Washington should only trade if they get a great deal in return. The 28-year-old has shown versatility in the bullpen and has put up outstanding numbers over the past couple of years. In 2013, he posted a 6-3 record with a 2.41 ERA, 33 holds and 73 strikeouts in 72 appearances.
It will be interesting to see if the Nationals pull the trigger on a trade in regards to either player.