Friday’s roundup: Nationals trade Storen, get OF Revere
Washington — The Washington Nationals accommodated reliever Drew Storen on Friday night, trading him to the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Ben Revere.
The 28-year-old Storen had sought a deal, having lost his closer role in late July when the Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon from Philadelphia.
Storen had converted 29 of 30 save chances and had a 1.73 ERA when the Nationals got Papelbon. Shifted to an eighth-inning role following that deal, Storen struggled and finished the season with a 3.44 ERA without another save.
Storen was 21-13 with 95 saves and a 3.02 ERA in six major league seasons, all with Washington. He had a 1.12 ERA in 65 games in 2014.
For all his success in the Washington bullpen, the right-hander also was tagged with two big blown saves in the playoffs.
Storen failed to close out St. Louis in the ninth inning of the deciding Game 5 in the 2012 NL Division Series, and also let a ninth-inning lead slip away in Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS against San Francisco.
Storen joins a Toronto relief corps that relied on young Roberto Osuna as the main closer last year. At 20, Osuna led the team with 20 saves.
The 27-year-old Revere figures to take over the center field and leadoff job that Denard Span held. Span signed with the Giants this week as a free agent.
Revere has hit over .300 in each of the past three seasons. He batted a combined .306 for the Phillies and Blue Jays last year, with a .342 on-base percentage and 31 stolen bases.
The Nationals had hoped to boost their offense from the left side of the plate in the offseason. Coming off a disappointing second-place finish in the NL East, they recently signed free-agent second baseman Daniel Murphy — Murphy and Span both bat left-handed.
Revere led the NL with 184 hits in 2014 with the Phillies. In six seasons with Minnesota, Philadelphia and Toronto, he’s hit .295 with 176 steals.
Mariners to retire Griffey’s No. 24
Ken Griffey Jr. paused and for a moment the joking stopped. Junior became thoughtful and reflective about the idea of his No. 24 hanging next to Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 as the only numbers retired at Safeco Field.
“Having my number next to him, I don’t think I did half of what he did,” Griffey said. “Baseball-wise, yeah you’re going to look at numbers and things like that, but the way he went about his life and the things he did off the field, nobody can compare to that. He is a trailblazer in more ways than one.”
Griffey’s whirlwind following his election to the Hall of Fame earlier this week came to an appropriate end on Friday night when he walked along a red carpet inside Safeco Field with staff of the Seattle Mariners lining both sides and applauding the newest member in Cooperstown.
As part of the celebration the Mariners announced that Griffey’s No. 24 will become the first number retired in franchise history during a ceremony in August about two weeks after his Hall induction. The number retirement is throughout the organization, including the minors, meaning no one associated with the Mariners will ever wear No. 24 again.
Griffey will join late announcer Dave Niehaus as the only two associated with the Mariners in Cooperstown.
Ex-scout pleads guilty
The former scouting director of the Cardinals pleaded guilty in federal court to hacking into the player database and email system of the Astros in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs.
Chris Correa pleaded guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014, the same year he was promoted to director of baseball development in St. Louis.
Correa, 35, was fired last summer and faces up to five years in prison on each charge when he is sentenced April 11.
The Nationals hired ex-Marlins manager and general manager Dan Jennings as a special assistant to GM Mike Rizzo. Jennings will work on scouting operations.
... Pitcher Zach McAllister and the Indians have agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million contract. The 28-year-old right-hander was 4-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 60 relief appearances and one start last season.
... Left-hander Hector Santiago avoided salary arbitration with the Angels, agreeing to a one-year, $5 million contract. Santiago, 28, was 9-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 32 starts and one relief appearance last season.
... The Yankees acquired reliever Kirby Yates from the Indians for $78,000.
... Kelly Johnson and the Braves have finalized their one-year, $2 million contract that brings the utilityman back to Atlanta.