Late Friday night, reports swirled about a possible deal between the Nationals and the Blue Jays, regarding Drew Storen and Ben Revere. The Jays had ample depth in the outfield, and gaping holes in the bullpen. The Nationals needed a left handed hitting outfielder, and everything made sense to move forward with this deal.
Michael Saunders, Dalton Pompey, Junior Lake, Ezequiel Carrera, Jose Bautista and Kevin Pillar gave the Blue Jays depth and stability in their outfield. With Michael Saunders and Ben Revere both being every-day players, there was enough reason to move one of them, with Dalton Pompey waiting in the ranks with a higher ceiling than Revere. Drew Storen gives the Jays bullpen a huge boost and solidifies the back end. A back end that currently consists of Brett Cecil, Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna, which really gives them a strong back-four to compete and close out games.
Ben Revere’s arbitration price tag was $6.8 million and was clearly a bit expendable with Saunders healing up and ready to go. When the Jays traded for Michael Saunders, they expected him to be their left fielder off the future and have a lot of belief in him. Ben Revere was just a mid-season pick up and played his heart out for Toronto.
The Jays traded a surplus for a need, and the trade has made them a lot better than they were a day ago. Drew Storen saved 29/30 games last year and has been lights out for the duration of his career. Last season he held right-handed hitters to a .146 average and was absolutely dominant. Against left-handed hitters he pitched to a .206 average which is also extremely impressive. His ability to get late outs as a specialist and set up man to Roberto Osuna will go far in making the Blue Jays late innings miserable to opponents. With Brett Cecil and Aaron Sanchez dominating last season, the addition of Storen could be the most impressive move the Jays have made this offseason.
Fans might be missing the flair, the speed and the smile of Ben Revere. They’ll miss his memorable post-game speech that attracted fans to him, but in the game of baseball the move was an absolute slam dunk for both teams. The Jays with Aaron Sanchez, Brett Cecil, Drew Storen and Roberto Osuna are a much better team and this move was necessary to keep up with the Yankees back 3 after the Chapman trade. The classic Major League Player for Major League Player deal made sense and everyone got better.