Drew Storen is having a poor start to his career with the Toronto Blue Jays. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Blue Jays have already placed Storen on the trading block less than two months into the 2016 season.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reported on Saturday that the Blue Jays are indeed telling other teams that they are open to trading Storen. In 18 games this season, the 28-year-old reliever has already allowed four home runs in 15 innings pitched with a horrendous 7.80 ERA.
Elliott also noted that scouts from teams like that Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals were present at the Jays’ series against the Minnesota Twins last week.
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However, Storen is not surprised by the trade rumors about him this early in the season. He told the Toronto Star that he understands it and enjoys reading all the rumors.
“I understand the process. Like I’ve said, I’ve been in rumors before. It’s fun, everyone enjoys reading it but it’s not anything new to me. And it’s not my decision; it’s the name of the game. You can only control what you control, and then try not to get caught up in it,” Storen said.
The Blue Jays acquired the right-handed reliever from the Washington Nationals last winter for outfielder Ben Revere. His season’s salary is $8.83 million but he is set to become a free agent after the season.
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Storen was considered one of the best relievers in baseball for the past several seasons. However, his performance dipped last year after the Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon. It is still too early to give up on Storen but the Blue Jays may accept a trade offer since they will likely lose him for nothing this winter.
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