The Blue Jays have designated right-handed reliever Drew Storen for assignment, Barry Davis of Sportsnet was among those to report (Twitter link). To take his roster spot, the team has recalled fellow righty reliever Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.
[RELATED: Updated Blue Jays Depth Chart]
Storen’s designation is the latest chapter in a disastrous 2016 for the 28-year-old. After Storen served as a reliable option for the Nationals from 2010-15, the Jays acquired him for outfielder Ben Revere in January and hoped he’d add a quality arm to their bullpen. Storen went on to throw 33 1/3 frames of 6.21 ERA ball in Toronto despite posting quality strikeout and walk rates of 8.64 and 2.7 per nine innings, while also generating grounders at an above-average clip (47.2 percent). A sky-high home run-fly ball rate (17.6 percent, well above his career mark of 8.2) and a drop in velocity helped lead to Storen’s undoing with the Jays.
Given his track record in Washington, where he picked up 95 saves and compiled a 3.02 ERA, 8.65 K/9, 2.59 BB/9 and 44.9 percent ground-ball rate, Storen seems likely to catch on elsewhere for the stretch run. If he clears waivers and signs with another team, that club would only be responsible for a prorated portion of the league minimum. Aside from that figure, the Blue Jays would be on the hook for what’s left of Storen’s pricey $8.375MM salary.