Johnson wants Clippard, Storen to stay with Nats

After watching his team shutout the Mets, 3-0, on Saturday night, Nationals manager Davey Johnson made it clear that he wants relievers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard to remain on the team past the non-waiver Trade Deadline, which is Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

In a recent close-door meeting, Storen told Johnson that he didn’t want to be traded. Reports have surfaced that Storen could be traded to the Twins for outfielder Denard Span. Johnson told Storen that he wanted him around.

“You can’t take anything for granted. I don’t,” Johnson told the media. “I didn’t think [Jerry] Hairston was going anywhere. … Anything could happen.”

In his first full season with the Nats, Storen has 26 saves with a 2.63 ERA in 49 games.

“This is where I want to be. That’s the reason I signed quickly,” Storen said. “I wanted to join the organization because I want to be part of turning this thing around.

“I’ve only been here for a year and half, but emotionally I feel like I’ve invested a lot into this. I want to turn this team around. But at the same time, I understand that [general manager] Mike [Rizzo] has a job to do himself. So I can understand the business side of things, too.”

Johnson said definitively that Clippard is going nowhere before the deadline. Clippard is clearly the best reliever on the Nationals, going 1-0 with a 1.66 ERA in 47 games.

“Tyler ain’t going anywhere. I’m going with him,” Johnson said. “I don’t where we would be without Tyler.”

7 Comments

So dont trade them!!!!!!!!!! Span is not worth it, and he is coming off an injury.

Rizzo put your superstar in center. I’m sure he can handle it.

I agree that we do need a leadoff center fielder. But pitching is what makes championships. YOU CANT GET RID OF YOUR TOP PITCHERS!!! Period. Question for RIZZO… How come all of these other teams are able to get superstars for 26 and 27th ranked pitching prosepects. For example… Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, Carlos Beltran etc. Whats the deal? I would rather have a BJ Upton who shouldnt demand very much at this time. Dont get SWINDELED RIZZO! Do your homework.

As a Twins fan, I’m praying that we can get Storen for Span. I’d do Storen for Span straight up and still feel like the Twins would win the deal. So its kinda of crazy to hear the rumors that its not only Storen, but Bernadina, and the Nats infield prospect Lombardozzi. The Nats owe the Twins one after that Ramos for Capps swap last year.

I WILL BE FURIOUS IF WE MAKE A TRADE FOR STOREN. ESPECIALLY FOR SPAN.

As a nats fan, we have all be dreaming of this strasburg / zimmerman / Storen closing scenerio for the next 10 years. That is why I am going to all the games now. If you trade one of those pieces for Denard span rizzo, I will never forgive you.

I wouldnt do Storen for Span straight up and they are asking for Steve and Shark. No way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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