Nationals agree to terms with Drew Storen
The Nationals have agreed to terms with right-hander Drew Storen, their first-round pick of the 2009 First Year Player Draft, on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
An official announcement is expected to be made sometime on Wednesday afternoon.
Storen, who is considered a closer, was a 2008 Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and a First-Team All-Pac-10.
Storen emerged as a premier closer in his freshman campaign with eight saves. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 34th round in 2007, but he did not sign. In 28 appearances in ’09, Storen was 7-1 with seven saves. In 42 2/3 innings, Storen permitted 18 earned runs on 34 hits with eight walks and 66 strikeouts.
Many believed that Storen would sign quickly because he has a chance to be in the big leagues this year. His advisor is Brodie Van Wagenen, the same person who represents Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and left-hander Jack McGeary. The deadline for the Nationals to sign Storen was Aug. 17.
Van Wagenen and acting general manager Mike Rizzo did not return e-mails for comment.