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VIDEO: Storen ready to build off strong finish to last season

Feb 4, 2014, 12:19 PM EST

Storen projects mid-April return

2013 was a long season for Nationals reliever Drew Storen as he posted the worst numbers of his career and was sent down to Triple-A to figure out his problems. But over the final five weeks of the season Storen was excellent, he looked like his old self and closed the year on a positive note.

Storen is excited to get back to work and see if that success can carry over in 2014. He spoke with Mark at Nats Fest in a one-on-one interview about his expectations for the season both individually and for the team. He thinks the way he ended last season was a precursor for a big year in 2014.

Watch the video right here:

  1. tcostant - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    You know I was reading the Washington Post today and they had a quote from Rizzo how he like to look for “value” after the new year with the remaining free agents. IMO Rafael Soriano was no “value”. He wasn’t any better than Storen and made him a head case.
    :(

    • NatsLady - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      One day I hope Rizzo will write his book and explain that one. I don’t know if he got cold feet about Storen, or the Lerners got cold feet or what.

      However, if getting Soriano made Storen a “head case” that’s on Storen, not Rizzo or Soriano, and, in retrospect, if Storen wasn’t mentally strong enough to cope with competition in his own bullpen, what does that say about his mental strength for post-season?

      Both Storen and Espinosa were high draft picks and talented guys who never thought it would happen to them. They didn’t perform and got sent down. It can happen to anyone.

      • David Proctor - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Hasn’t it been reported that the Lerners were heavily involved in the Soriano discussions? I always got the idea that Boras went directly to Mark Lerner and sold him on the idea and then Lerner told Rizzo to work something out.

      • Section 222 - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Well put NL.

      • Joe Seamhead - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        +1 NatsLady and another +1 to David P.

  2. NatsLady - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Baseball Prospectus put up its PECOTA projections yesterday, and today had a discussion of them. The only Nat mentioned was Jayson Werth, who was projected last year at BA of .333 and this year is projected at .290. I assume that’s age-related regression.

    The main interesting point to me comes at the end of the article when the author discusses the weaknesses of each “contending” team. Now, either the Nats aren’t contending or they don’t have any weaknesses, because they’re not on the list.

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=22740#153400

    • alexva6 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      I’m beginning to think your day job is as a subscription salesperson for these sites

      • NatsLady - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Ha! No, I didn’t renew for Baseball America. I miss it, but it’s just too expensive. I’m down to ESPN and Baseball Prospectus, and I have to spend a chunk for MLB.tv pretty soon. That and family are what I spend my money on, so there you are.

  3. David Proctor - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    The Braves and Freddie Freeman have agreed an extension worth over $100M. Exact figures not out yet.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Saw that. And that they reached a two-year deal with Jayson Hayward. Still waiting to see what they do with Craig Kimbrall. I still think if they go to arbitration they lose.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        Sorry: Jason Heyward is the correct spelling.

  4. jd - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Faraz,

    From the previous post.

    Giolito, Cole,Goodwin,Karns,Solis,Severino,Rodriguez, Johansen,Taylor,Souza.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      thanks!

      never heard of that rodriguez and I thought taylor was michael taylor but I guess not.

      • jd - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Taylor is Michael Taylor

      • Faraz Shaikh - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        makes sense. just noticed you wrote down all last names. I guess Taylor Jordan has graduated from prospect status due to last season.

  5. David Proctor - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    They’re saying Freeman’s extension could be 8/125.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      that seems like a steal.

      • David Proctor - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        They’re betting that his 2013 is legit and that’s a big gamble. Freeman was worth 4.8WAR in 2013, but had never been worth more than 1.8WAR before that. He also had a .378 BABIP, , which is ridiculously high and over 40 points higher than his career numbers. I don’t see him duplicating that.

        He’s a good player, don’t get me wrong. He’s a .285/.358/.466 career hitter, which is good. But is it worthy of an 8 year commitment? Eh. He’s only 24, so that helps.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        understand the reservations on 2013 but like you said, he is young. he is also a 1B with decent glove, medium power. paying $15 MM a year for 3-4 WAR player for next 8 years seems like a good move.

      • David Proctor - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        I think it’s a reasonable deal, but with the Braves payroll constraints, it’s a big commitment. That’s all I’m saying.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        that’s true. they do have more constraints than us.

  6. David Proctor - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Jeff Baker to the Marlins for 2 years.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Wonder if they offered a chance to start? Or, at least, compete for starting job?

      • David Proctor - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Even if not a full-time starter, he’s pretty much guaranteed more playing time than he’d have here. I’d guess that’s what it came down to.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      I don’t think we were going to offer a multi-year deal either.

  7. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    baker signed with marlins

  8. NatsLady - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Player, POS (Top 100 rank)
    1. Lucas Giolito, RHP (21)
    2. A.J. Cole, RHP (65)
    3. Brian Goodwin, CF (83)
    4. Nate Karns, RHP
    5. Sammy Solis, LHP
    6. Pedro Severino, C
    7. Jefry Rodriguez, RHP
    8. Jake Johansen, RHP
    9. Michael Taylor, CF
    10. Steven Souza, OF

    • NatsLady - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      I’m not a big believer in the copyright laws (especially for music) but this is Mark’s site, so if he takes down the above post, I TOTALLY understand.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        me neither. Thanks!

      • Nats128 - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Natslady I really enjoyed your Storen and Espinosa analysis. I’m not big on entitlement and you have to perform to stay. For young players it’s a cruel world. Both players have alot to prove.

      • letswin3 - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Yeah Nats128, I agree. If you’re say 24 years old (like Freddie Freeman) and get an extension for like 8 years and $125 million, you also have to be prepared to be told that you just aren’t cutting it and need to either improve or someone else will be given the opportunity to excel. And pointing fingers at everyone except the guy looking back at you in the mirror (Danny) is perceived as being something less than a realist. I would love to see Danny turn himself around at the plate so we can again watch that talented glove in the field, but I EXPECT Drew to again find his confidence this season and make a real contribution ….. it’s just not the right time to deal a young and talented pitcher who has shown he has something more to bring to the party.

  9. sjm308 - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    I think everyone on here knows I am a big Storen fan (Closer for 2015 – book it!)

    The more I read in both comments and other sites, the more I wonder what the heck Rizzo was thinking with the huge money he threw at Soriano. We can’t change that but I am still puzzled because that is not how Rizzo usually does business.

    No matter what, I think we should keep all 3 relieve pitchers for at least one more season for the simple reason that I just don’t trust Soriano, Clippard has been amazingly consistent, and my hopes that Storen returns to his old self happens. Can’t count on any of that to happen which is why you keep them all.

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