Phillies sign veteran reliever Drew Storen to minor-league deal

Phillies sign veteran Drew Storen to minor-league deal
It may not be the headline signing fans are clamoring for, but the Phillies signed veteran reliever Drew Storen on Tuesday to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

The 32-year-old right-hander has eight years of major league experience on his resume, pitching last with Cincinnatti in 2017 when he posted a 4-2 record with a 4.45 ERA over 54 2/3 innings. He opened his career with six solid seasons in Washington where he worked as a closer and a late-inning specialist. Two lackluster postseason performances though, in 2012 and 2014, paved the way for a split.

Storen was dealt away to Toronto in 2016 and has battled injuries, undergoing Tommy John surgery in late 2017.

It's entirely possible that Storen makes an impact in spring training and earns a spot in the Phillies bullpen once camp breaks. If not, he'll at least provide depth as the bullpen - as of now - appears to be full of question marks.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
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