The Royals have signed a contract with Emerging Breeder Drew Storen for an agreement in the minor leagues, according to journalist Ken Rosenthal of L & # 39; athletic. The conditions have not been revealed and the club has not been confirmed yet. Jayson Stark had previously reported that Storen was "on the radar" for the Royals. The 31-year-old right-hander was a close second in the first six years of his career with the Washington Nationals, averaging 3.03 earned runs with 95 saves and almost a shootout.
He ended his 2015 season prematurely by slamming a trap door with disgust and breaking his thumb. The Nationals offered him the Blue Jays for the Ben Revere player, but he weakened in Toronto, leading to an exchange with Seattle. He spent 2017 with the Reds, but had trouble with a 4.45 ERA and a 4.88 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings. His speed was very low and he was stopped in September and Tommy John was finally surery, which cost him the whole season 2018.
Storen had pitched for the teams, the Chicago Cubs seemingly interested. He is the third substitute the Royals have signed in a week, joining Brad Boxberger and Jake Diekman. Unlike them, however, Storen is on a minor league deal without any guarantees that he will make the team. He will probably have to prove that he is in good health and that his speed is back to have a chance to create a pen that is still very unstable.
UpdateStoren can earn $ 1.25 million with $ 900,000 in bonuses, according to Jeffrey Flanagan. He also has an opt-out of March 25th.