We're in the bottom of the eighth inning at Nationals Park, with the Nationals leading the Mets 2-1. And barring an announcement of a last-minute deal, it would appear closer Drew Storen is staying with the team.
Storen was playing long toss before the eighth inning, getting ready to warm up for the ninth. As the day went along, sources were growing increasingly skeptical of his chances to be dealt to the Twins in a deal for outfielder Denard Span, and with Storen getting ready to follow Tyler Clippard (another trade candidate) after Clippard's scoreless eighth inning, it appears to be business as usual at Nationals Park.
We'll hear from general manager Mike Rizzo later on, but it's likely things broke down where they usually do when the Nationals don't get a deal done. They drive a hard price on their own players, and in this case, sources have said Rizzo was reluctant to meet the Twins' price of Storen plus other pieces for Span. I'll have more on the non-deal later, but I'd be curious to hear your thoughts in the meantime.
For now, we head toward the ninth with Storen looking to close the game and give the Nationals a series win.