According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a one-year deal with reliever Drew Storen. The deal is a major league level contract, worth around $3 million plus a chance for some incentives.
In 38 appearances with the Toronto Blue Jays last season Storen was a disaster. He has a 6.21 ERA and a record of 1-3, and 3 saves in 33.1 innings. He was designated for assignment by the Jays, and was then moved to the Seattle Mariners where he was a much improved pitcher. In 19 appearances, he had a record of 3-0 with a 3.31 ERA. He allowed just seven earned runs and thirteen hits over 18 1/3 innings before hitting the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. In his seven year career, he owns an ERA of 3.31 with 98 saves.
Last season, the Reds bullpen was one of the worst in MLB history. As a group, they allowed the most home runs of any team in MLB history. The Reds came into this offseason looking to improve this historically bad bullpen, specifically the backend of it. In Storen, the Reds get an experienced, proven late inning relief man who can close out ball games. However with Storen, there does come some baggage as he saw a decrease in his fastball velocity last season and elevated home run totals. However, there isn’t much of a risk for Cinci as thing’s can’t get much worse in that bullpen. Stolen could provide some huge value to that historically bad bullpen if he shows any sort of sign of his old self.