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.