Report: Blue Jays Looking to Trade Drew Storen

According to one report, the Toronto Blue Jays are looking to trade beleaguered reliever, Drew Stroren.

 

It is no secret that the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen needs help. Outside of Roberto Osuna and Joe Biagini, the relievers cannot develop any kind of consistency…at least in the positive sense of the word. One of those arms in question is Drew Storen. In 15 innings, he’s managed a 7.80 ERA and a FIP of 5.42. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. He was supposed to get over his declining second half with the Nationals in 2015 and jump into the Blue Jays’ bullpen to be an effective set up guy.

It hasn’t worked out that way. The Storen Struggles is a book that has been written already. Most point to the declining velocity as the main culprit for his ineffectiveness.

But, all of this has not started the early Trade Rumor Mill from starting to churn. Here we are in May and we get our first real bit of trade talk. Bob Elliott of The Toronto Sun tells us that the Blue Jays have made Storen available. The goal is to improve the bullpen. So, Toronto will try and remove a bullpen piece for another bullpen piece. On top of his struggles, Storen is making $8.4M this season, his last before he hits the open market.

This endeavor is an interesting one to keep our eyes on. Given what we know, Storen cannot be that big a target by other teams, can he? Which teams would be interested in giving up what the Blue Jays are looking for and willing to take on what the Blue Jays are willing to get rid of?

Elliott says that scouts from the Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants were in attendance in Minnesota. Now, they could very well have been there to watch Twins players as well, but Elliott makes it out to be that they were there for Storen. And, in his outing on Friday, he gave up a lone single in his inning of work.

This is an interesting bit of news in the early goings. Perhaps, the Blue Jays feel comfortable enough with the impending return of Aaron Loup (currently with AAA Buffalo Bisons continuing rehab), Franklin Morales (who has no timetable for return), Bo Schultz (looking at end of May return- in AAA now) and Brett Cecil (could be back beginning of June). They are looking at the possibility of having 4 arms injected into the ‘pen. Now, what those arms end up contributing remains to be seen, but it certainly looks like enough to make Storen expendable.

Perhaps, with these additions coming, the Blue Jays could fetch a different sort of return all together. Though, with recent addition of Jimmey Paredes, it appears the club has enough infield depth. The outfield is fine when you think about the Domonic Brown, Darrell Ceciliani, Junior Lake, Dalton Pompey combo down in Buffalo. Really, unless those other clubs give up an everyday impact player (which they would be foolish to do), the Blue Jays can only hope for a solid (cheaper) bullpen arm in return.

This is an interesting bit of news, and certainly marks the beginning of the always wild and entertaining mid season trade speculation period. How much we can, or should, read into this will surely take a while to reveal itself.

 

 

 

 

 

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Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.