I knew the Philadelphia Phillies would trade closer Jonathan Papelbon. But I didn’t think he would be traded to the Washington Nationals.
But Papelbon is the Nats’ new closer and the Phillies have pitching prospect Nick Pivetta.
I don’t get this trade and I’m sure former Nats closer Drew Storen doesn’t get it either.
It’s not like Storen was struggling. In 38 appearances this season, Storen is 1-0 with a 1.73 ERA with 29 saves. Papelbon is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA with 17 saves in 37 appearances. Don’t get me wrong. Papelbon’s numbers are good for having pitched for the worst team in MLB. But Papelbon is seven years older than Storen (34 vs. 27) and making more than twice as much money ($13 million vs. $5.7 million). And yet the Nats have signed Papelbon through 2016 while Storen becomes a free agent and the Nats are apparently prepared to have him walk away. In the meantime, Storen will have to pitch the eighth inning.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Angels have added two more outfielders acquiring David De Jesus and David Murphy from the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians, respectively. These moves come the day after the Angels acquired Shane Victorino from the Red Sox. I would guess that Victorino, Murphy and De Jesus will mostly play in left field with Mike Trout entrenched in center and Kole Calhoun having a breakout season in right. If nothing else, the Angels have added considerable depth and I understand their thinking.
I cannot say the same for Nationals GM Mike Rizzo. Methinks he will rue this trade.
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