Updated 11:00 p.m.
The Nationals found a change of scenery for embattled reliever Drew Storen and their starting center fielder for 2016 and 2017 all in one deal, as Storen was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays for speedy, .300-hitting Ben Revere and a player to be named later.
CSN Mid-Atlantic has confirmed the deal, which was first reported by CBS Sports.
Storen leaves with 95 saves in 355 total appearances with the Nationals. He was their primary closer in 2011 and, when healthy, in 2012. He then lost the job to Rafael Soriano the next season, before regaining the role in 2014.
Storen will be long remembered in Washington for his extreme highs and lows. At his best, he was one of the most prolific closers in baseball with a career-best 43 saves in 2011. At his worst, he played a part in two infamous playoff collapses for the Nats. In 2012, he allowed the game-tying and game-winning runs to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS. And in Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS, he allowed the game-tying run to lose a Jordan Zimmermann shutout against the Giants. The game would go to extras, where the Nationals lost in 18 innings. Both mistakes played key roles in playoff series the Nats would lose.
In Revere, the Nationals are getting a 27-year-old who provides exactly what they were missing with the departure of Denard Span on Thursday. He bats lefty, has tremendous speed and is under team control through 2017. Revere now projects as their starting center fielder and leadoff hitter.
Revere is a .295 career hitter who batted at least .305 in each of the past three seasons. He stole 31 bases in 2015.
Michael Taylor was expected to be the team's starting center fielder when Span left, but now Revere appears to have the upper hand with Jayson Werth in left field and Bryce Harper in right. However, all four outfielders will likely play plenty with Werth's age and problems staying healthy.
With Storen gone, the question now becomes what the Nationals do with Jonathan Papelbon, who they still hope to trade. Papelbon was suspended by the team for the final week of the season after he attacked Harper in the team's dugout during a September game against the Philadelphia Phillies.