The trade of Drew Storen to the Toronto Blue Jays late Friday night put an end to a tumultuous tenure in Washington for the former first round pick, a six-year run of promising highs and steep, franchise-changing lows.
At times he was a lockdown closer and the perfect option for managers to call in from the bullpen for a big, ninth-inning spot. Then there were his failings in the playoffs and down the stretch of 2015, and his twice losing of the closer job that made his future in Washington almost untenable.
Storen was popular among fans and a homegrown talent, but a change of scenery was probably for the best. On Saturday, GM Mike Rizzo looked back on Storen's Nationals career and wished him luck moving forward:
"Drew and I had a great conversation last night when I talked to him – late [Friday] night, by the way. He’s a guy who we drafted 10th in the country and brought to the big leagues fast. He really performed for us. I’ve got a great affinity for Drew. The one thing Drew and I can say honestly is that we’ve had some difficult conversations but we’ve had them eye-to-eye, man-to-man. This is a guy who really cared about the organization and really handled himself in a professional way every single time. I’m proud to say that he’s a product of the Washington Nationals scouting and player development system and performed admirably for us in the big leagues. Wish him nothing but the best in Toronto unless we play him then we want to beat him."