Cubs Reportedly Eyeing Nationals’ Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard Among Reliever Options

One of the many areas the Cubs are looking to improve this winter is their relief corps, especially the backend of the bullpen. The Cubs have added lefty Wesley Wright to the mix but they are not done.

According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs have checked in on possible trades for relievers and are eyeing the Nationals’ Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard.

Drew Storen is coming off a down year after losing his closer’s job to Rafael Soriano. Storen was 4-2 in 68 appearances with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Storen is arbitration eligible for the first time and remains until club control through the 2016 season.

Tyler Clippard is one of the best set-up men in the game. Clippard is coming of a 2013 season in which he posted a 6-3 record in 72 games with a 2.41 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. Clippard is not eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season.

Storen and Clippard voiced their displeasure with the Nationals’ front office last year and it would make sense Mike Rizzo is looking to deal both relievers.

The Cubs and Nationals could match-up on a trade and have a history of working together on deals. The Nationals are thought to be looking to add a lefty reliever to their pen.

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  • jtrain23

    Clippard is a stud. He is under team control for a few more years also. I don’t know that he is the most important piece for this team, however. Unless the price is right, I wouldn’t pull the trigger. But of its a bargain (a few mid levels), then go for it.

  • GaryLeeT

    Clippard’s numbers are ridiculous, and he would be a tremendous upgrade to the pen.

  • cubtex

    I can’t imagine they would give Clippard away. They have playoff aspirations and he is an important piece. Storen on the other hand…I would take a chance on if the price is right. He had a down year but his K numbers are still good, he is only 26 and he is controlled till 2017.

  • cubtex

    Nats are in the market for a left handed reliever so this could be a James Russell for Clippard/Storen deal.

    • jtrain23

      This may be true, but I have to believe it takes much more than Russell to net Clippard. Perhaps Russell for Storen.

      • jtrain23

        And on a different note, I am not sure I want Clippard because I have commented on this story a few times and each time my tab has autocorrected Clippard to Clipart. I’m not sure that I am prepared for that in the future, lol.

      • cubtex

        I agree

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Most Winter Meeting Trade Rumors are started by Heavy Drinking and Lies being told to Reporters…..

    while most Winter Meeting Trades are made with Coffee as the closure to the deal.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Who are the Teams “In” for Samardzija
    Arizona
    Atlanta
    Philadelphia
    Washington
    Pittsburgh
    New York (AL)
    Boston
    Baltimore
    Toronto
    Detroit
    Kansas City
    Cleveland
    California
    Texas

  • BosephHeyden

    While both those players would be huge upgrades, it seems like getting either would be counter-productive to what the FO is trying to do, since it would likely cost them at least one close-to-MLB ready prospect plus one or two other prospects per pitcher. And while a good bullpen would be nice, it’s also completely obtainable in free agency and is also not going to do much more than win us an extra three games over what they’ve averaged thus far.

    • cubtex

      A Russell for Storen deal wouldn’t do that.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If Theo moves a Prospect, it could be one of the following players…..Soler, Alcantara, Cabrera or Szczur

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    I get Clippard based on performance…but I don’t see the point in Storen? So what he is under control a few more years…I want good players, not reclamation projects. Keep building the farm, but if you are going to add pieces to the mlb team, why not make them quality?

    • Dorasaga

      Clippard might have one or two great years as a reliever ahead, but it was Storen who anchored the Nats backend. Storen was drafted a first round, 10th overall, in fact. He was fast-tracked to the Major club at D.C. in two years. He always had a higher ceiling than most relief-specialists that we’ve seen, and many still believe that Drew can come back to lights out, as he shone the first two seasons of his Big League career.

      • cubtex

        Agreed D. He needs a change of scenery. It is more mental with him.

        • Dorasaga

          Yea, it’s really mental. I haven’t read any serious injury to his arm. He’s from Stanford. He’s not stupid. He should be able to figure things out again.

          • cubtex

            Agreed.

          • cubsin

            I disagree. Their best pitching prospects are starting pitchers who were in A ball and Rookie ball in 2013. They’re adding major league relievers to improve at the MLB level.

          • Dorasaga

            I know. Having good prospects down at A and rookie levels, without Major-ready talents at AA and AAA, that’s hardly “depth.” Wouldn’t you rather the Cubs convert some starting pitchers down the farm to close the game? instead of trading for established closers? I would do the former.

  • SirGladiator

    If we could get those guys, it would be an incredible upgrade to our pen, and put us a LOT closer to the Division Title. I don’t know what we’d have to give up to get them, but so long as it’s a fair deal I say go for it, as this would completely remake our entire bullpen, and bullpens are a key piece of any Championship team.