Drew Storen is still Tyler Clippard’s crib-mate, and I can’t really say I’m surprised.
All afternoon there were rumors posted on Twitter and various websites that a deal with the Twins - Storen for outfielder Denard Span - was imminent. Yet, as the 4 p.m. non-waiver trading deadline approached, there was Storen in his seat in the bullpen. When he got up to start throwing, it was a clear sign that he wasn’t going anywhere, at least not today.
I’ll point out here that around 2 p.m. I spoke with a pretty solid source - not a Nationals’ employee - who said that there would be no deal because the Nationals had no intent of moving Storen for Span, and the Twins wouldn’t make the deal otherwise. The deal that sent Michael Bourn from Houston to Atlanta - a 4-for-1 deal - only convinced the Twins that Span was worth far more than just a closer anyway.
In this digital age, more and more baseball reporters feel compelled to instantly report every single rumor they hear, and if they have enough followers, it becomes a lot like that old exercise where you start a story on one side of a crowded room and wait to hear what it sounds like when it reaches the other side. Where there’s smoke there’s fire is certainly true, but many of these rumors lack the necessary flint to create a spark.
It’s one thing to sit back and speculate what might constitute a reasonable deal; fantasy GM’s do it all the time. But just because a particular national scribe posts it online, some fans seem all too ready to take it as gospel. Not many of these guys would want their own batting averages posted insofar as overall accuracy on the rumor front is concerned. Many of my sources inside the game also speak to other reporters - without attribution, which is a given up front - but no one makes any guarantees. So many Twitter posts begin with “I’m hearing...” Hey, I hear stuff every day, but I’m not going to pass every little thing along.
Storen would like nothing better than to have a Mariano Rivera-type career, and spent the next 15-plus years in Washington. Rivera is really an anomaly among closers in that regard, so I wouldn’t bet the mortgage that he’ll be able to pull it off, but it’s a lovely thought.
The Nats may yet tweak the roster some more in August since they likely know which of their players would clear waivers. If not, they’ll likely revisit the leadoff hitter/centerfielder market in the off-season.