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Storen and the Nationals avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.7 million contract Friday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Storen will receive a healthy raise in 2015 coming off the best season of his career, one in which he gave up just seven earned runs over 56.1 innings. Storen took over as the Nationals' closer last September and flourished, tallying 10 saves in the month. He will open 2015 with the job and should see ample save opportunities for a Washington team that figures to remain one of the best in the National League.

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Storen is currently positioned as the Nationals' closer, James Wagner of The Washington Post reports.

The Nats have received interest in Tyler Clippard, while both reliever are expected to see raises in 2015 as arbitration-eligible players. Storen had an excellent season in 2014, including a 46:11 K:BB in 56.1 innings, a 1.12 ERA and 0.98 WHIP along with 11 saves after taking over the ninth-inning role from the now-departed Rafael Soriano.

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Storen was tendered a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.

The reliever turned his career around last season and eventually inherited the closer role from Rafael Soriano. He doesn't have a dominating K/9 rate, so expect some regression in his ERA and WHIP, but he should still have plenty of fantasy value in 2015.

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Storen pitched a clean ninth inning in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets to earn his 11th save of the season. He also had two strikeouts.

Storen has been phenomenal since taking over as Washington's closer, going 10-for-10 in save chances with a 10:0 K:BB ratio in 9.1 innings.

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Storen gave up a hit and struck out two on Tuesday to notch his 10th save of the year.

Since taking over as the Nationals' closer from Rafael Soriano, Storen is a perfect nine-for-nine in save chances with an 8:0 K:BB ratio in 8.1 shutout innings. He's building a strong case to keep the ninth inning gig next season.

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Storen picked up his ninth save Saturday against the Marlins as he allowed two hits in a scoreless inning.

Storen gave up back to back singles with one out in the ninth but ended the game by retiring Garrett Jones on a game-ending double-play. It was his ninth save in 12 opportunities.

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Storen recorded his eighth save by tossing a perfect inning in the Nationals' 3-2 win over the Marlins on Friday night.

Storen (eight saves, 1.20 ERA) has been virtually untouchable since taking over the closer's gig from Rafael Soriano, and barring any lapses, he is likely to keep the job for the red-hot Nationals into the playoffs, and perhaps beyond into the 2015 season.

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Storen picked up his seventh save Tuesday, pitching a perfect ninth inning, as the Nationals clinched the NL East title.

He hasn't allowed a run (earned or otherwise) since August 5, and Storen appears to be locked in as the Nats' closer while they fight for the NL's best record down the stretch.

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Storen earned his sixth save of the season Monday against the Braves as he allowed one hit and recorded one out.

The Nationals were staked to a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning, but former closer Rafael Soriano couldn't get three outs to end the game. Storen came on and even though he allowed a hit, he was able to come away with another save. He looks to be the Nationals closer for the rest of the regular season.

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Storen continued his run as the Nationals' current closer Sunday, converting his fourth straight save opportunity since Rafael Soriano's demotion. Storen allowed two singles with no strikeouts, but still pulled out a save for the 3-0 Washington win.

Soriano has made his intended mechanical changes since his demotion according to the Washington Post, but that hasn't stopped Storen from going on a perfect run as the interim closer. In his four save opportunities so far, Storen has thrown six strikeouts and allowed two hits and zero walks. With the likelihood of Soriano unlikely to reach the innings requirement for his 2015 vesting option, it's possible the team could pass on the subsequent team option. Storen could very well be the Nationals' closer of the present and future.