The Nationals plan to gauge interest from other clubs about a potential trade involving reliever Drew Storen at the upcoming Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, according to a report from MLB.com.
The move would signal another step toward the Nats' complete overhaul of their bullpen, something that's long been considered among the team's primary goals this offseason.
Storen, 28, entered the 2015 season as Washington's closer and turned in one of the best stretches his career -- he had converted 29-of-31 save opportunities to that point -- only to have his role changed to the eighth-inning arm once the team acquired Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies on July 28. It was apparent soon thereafter that the trade had a negative impact on Storen, who met with team officials to presumably express his displeasure with the decision to demote him.
Though it's not certain that his disapproval of the move to trade for Papelbon was the main reason why his season took a turn, it's clear Storen was never the same from that moment on. He would post an ERA of 6.75 with a 23/7 K/BB ratio in his new role, surrendering numerous late-inning leads in key games down the stretch. Ultimately, his disappointing campaign would end in mid-September when he slammed his thumb near his locker in a fit of postgame frustration after yielding a go-ahead home run to Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes.
Storen has spent the past six seasons with the Nats, compiling a 21-13 record with a 3.02 ERA over that span. For his career, he's converted on 96 of 116 save opportunities.