Reds sign Storen to a 1-year deal

The Cincinnati Reds added some more stability to their bullpen on Tuesday as they signed veteran relief pitcher Drew Storen to a 1-year/$3 million contract. Storen had a down year in 2016 as he had a 5.23 ERA for the Blue Jays and Mariners. Cincinnati is still rebuilding and they likely won’t compete in 2017, but they certainly needed some bullpen help. Raisel Iglesias will be the Reds closer next season, although Cincinnati doesn’t have much else besides him. Storen gives the Reds a proven 8th inning option and he gives the team a solid temporary solution in the bullpen. Also, if he has a good year with the Reds like I expect he will then the Reds could trade him away for some young prospects. Either way, this is a good fit for both sides because Storen is trying to rebuild his value. Meanwhile, the Reds are just looking for a good short-term option in the late innings out of the bullpen. Storen didn’t have a good year last season, but he does have a 3.31 career ERA which leads me to believe that he will be much better for the Reds next season. This signing doesn’t make Cincinnati a contender, but it certainly will improve the biggest weakness on their team which is their bullpen.

Grade: A



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