EX-PHILLIE PAPELBON IS NATS’ CLOSER AFTER STOREN TRADE FOR EX-PHILLIE REVERE

By Sam Bush

Former Phillies pain in the ass reliever Jonathan Papelbon (above) is the last closer standing in the Washington Nationals’ bullpen after they traded Drew Storen to the Toronto Blue Jays for former Phillies outfielder Ben Revere.

Revere provides a left-handed hitting outfielder with the ability to play center field, something the right-handed heavy Nationals sought throughout this offseason. The Nationals will also receive a player to be named later, and the Blue Jays get “cash considerations” in the deal.

Revere, who has played all three outfield positions but primarily in center (405 of his 613 career games), was traded from the Phils to Toronto at the deadline last season. He played in 152 games total, and hit .306 with 84 runs scored, two home runs, and 31 stolen bases.

Storen’s tumultuous stint with the Nationals included promise and disappointment, untouchable sliders and uncomfortable moments when the pressure was highest– most notably his collapse in Game 5 of the 2012 National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

He reclaimed the closer’s role in 2015 despite bouts of inconsistency in the past and saved 29 games in 31 chances before the Nationals acquired Papelbon to take his ninth-inning spot. Despite impressing in the eighth inning early on, Storen stumbled late. After one poor outing during the Nationals’ September collapse, the right-hander slammed his locker shut in frustration and broke his thumb in the process, ending his season — and, eventually, his Nationals career.

Tension mounted when the Nationals added Papelbon, once again bumping Storen from the closer’s role the Nationals drafted him to fill, fostering frustration and doubt that Storen would return in 2016. The Nationals shopped both Storen and Papelbon this offseason, and they seemed unlikely to coexist in the bullpen. Papelbon’s no-trade clause and end-of-year suspension made him a tough trade candidate. Storen’s impending free agency and recent performance made him a more valuable trade commodity.

Revere has hit .300 in three consecutive seasons, and split the 2015 season between Philad

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