Drew Storen RP TOR 2 days ago

The Blue Jays have let interested teams know that the struggling Storen is available, the Toronto Sun reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Scouts from the Braves, Rockies, Royals, Los Dodgers, Marlins, Padres and Giants were present to watch the Jays versus Twins series over the weekend in hopes of grabbing a glimpse of the reliever. Storen had a career-best 43 saves in 2011 and 29 last season with Washington, where he spent his entire career before moving to Toronto in the offseason. This year, he holds an unsightly 7.80 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 15 innings resulting in the loss of his set-up role. A move back to the states may not be a bad thing for the 28-year-old right-hander.

Drew Storen RP TOR 3 weeks ago

Storen tossed a scoreless inning, allowing two hits and one walk enroute to his second save of the season as Toronto downed the Dodgers 5-2 Friday night.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He certainly made it interesting, albeit not necessarily because of poor pitching. He walked the first hitter he faced on four pitches, but then settled in and closed it out despite a bloop single that fell between four defenders, and a perfectly placed bunt hit that loaded the bases. Of note, regular closer, Roberto Osuna, was not used in the save situation. No reason was given, but he did warm up earlier in the contest, and was suffering from a broken blister recently. Stay tuned for updates on his status going forward.

Drew Storen RP TOR 3 weeks ago

Storen has made a mechanical adjustment that he feels will help him overcome a terrible start to the season, Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

One of the adjustments he's made is to the way he starts his delivery. "I'm actually doing a windup to create some tempo, it kind of helps with flow and that way I'm not trying to get too mechanical, and with a guy on I go to the slide step anyway," Storen explained. "It's something I do in the off-season, and I do that to create a rhythm for my regular windup. So I was like, go back to it, it feels good, the ball comes out well." The added momentum may also help with velocity, which is down so far this season. He froze Prince Fielder with a 94 mph fastball for strike three on Wednesday.

Drew Storen RP TOR 3 weeks ago

Despite his struggles, Storen will continue to be used in his normal set-up role, the Toronto Sun reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While manager John Gibbons is as concerned as anyone, he's determined to let Storen pitch his way out of the funk he's in. "It's tough role, being a bullpen guy year after year," said Gibbons. "It's a tough game and you're not human if it doesn't bother you when things don't go the way you want." Ultimately, this is some good news for fantasy owners who are depending on the right-hander for holds. Storen has been too good in recent years to write-off just yet.

Drew Storen RP TOR 4 weeks ago

Storen allowed three runs on four hits, including a home run, in Tuesday's lopsided loss to the White Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although manager John Gibbons said he doesn't put "much stock" in low-leverage outings like Tuesday's, the performance is still disconcerting. Storen has been downright terrible through nine appearances with his new team, sporting an ugly 9.39 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 7.2 innings. Entering the season, there were talks of the right-hander possibly stealing the closers job from Roberto Osuna, but that circumstance appears to be out of the question at this point. Even in a set-up role, Storen could be a valuable asset for racking up holds, however it's hard to believe that Gibbons will continue to bestow that opportunity to him unless a turnaround happens quickly.

Drew Storen RP TOR 1 month ago

With Roberto Osuna unavailable, Storen managed a save despite allowing two runs on three hits against the Red Sox on Monday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Storen has had a rough go of things this season, allowing runs in three of his six relief appearances. For the year his ERA sits at 8.44 and his WHIP at 1.69. With Osuna pitching well, Storen won't be in line for many saves so long as Osuna is healthy.

Drew Storen RP TOR 2 months ago

Storen wasn't available in Thursday's loss to the Rays after he either pitched or warmed up in Toronto's first three games of the season, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

For the second consecutive game, Toronto's relievers coughed up a lead in the eighth inning. The eighth inning typically belongs to right-hander Drew Storen, but he was noticeably absent during the series finale, but it was only for maintenance purposes. Expect to see the 28-year-old right-hander out there the next time a hold opportunity arises.

Drew Storen RP TOR 2 months ago

Storen will act as the team's closer Tuesday against the Rays, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Roberto Osuna has been called upon in each of the club's first two games, but they'll look to give him a day off so Storen will slot into the closer role. These situations could arise occasionally, but he'll mainly serve as Toronto's setup man.

Drew Storen RP TOR 2 months ago

Storen has the lost the closer role to Roberto Osuna to begin the season, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With five consecutive scoreless innings after he allowed a solo homer in his spring debut, Storen did very little to hurt his chances of getting the job in Grapefruit League play. Jays manager John Gibbons cited familiarity with Osuna as part of the reason for the decision. Nevertheless, Storen is expected to open the season as a setup man for Osuna, and he'd likely be the replacement for him if the young closer succumbs to injury or a prolonged period of struggles at some point in 2016.

Drew Storen RP TOR 2 months ago

Manager John Gibbons is expected to name a closer Wednesday, the Toronto Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The skipper did not provide any hints Tuesday, saying "we're familiar with [Roberto Osuna] and we like everything we've seen out of [Storen]." Toronto gave up a starting outfielder in Ben Revere to bring Storen in from Washington, and "rave reviews" from teammates and coaches early in spring training led to speculation that he was the favorite for the closer job out of camp. Storen has thrived in save situations so far in his career, posting a 2.29 ERA as opposed to a 3.84 ERA in non-save situations.