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Nationals trade Drew Storen to Blue Jays for former LexCath star Ben Revere

Toronto Blue Jays' Ben Revere warms up prior to his at-bat during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.
Toronto Blue Jays' Ben Revere warms up prior to his at-bat during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Associated Press

The Washington Nationals accommodated reliever Drew Storen on Friday night, trading him to the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Ben Revere.

The 28-year-old Storen had sought a deal, having lost his closer role in late July when the Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon from Philadelphia.

Storen had converted 29 of 30 save chances and had a 1.73 ERA when the Nats got Papelbon. Shifted to an eighth-inning role following that deal, Storen struggled and finished the season with a 3.44 ERA without another save.

Storen was 21-13 with 95 saves and a 3.02 ERA in six major league seasons, all with the Nationals. He had a 1.12 ERA in 65 games in 2014.

For all his success in the Washington bullpen, the right-hander also was tagged with two big blown saves in the playoffs.

Storen failed to close out St. Louis in the ninth inning of the deciding Game 5 in the 2012 NL Division Series, and also let a ninth-inning lead slip away in Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS against San Francisco.

Storen joins a Toronto relief corps that relied on young Roberto Osuna is the main closer last year. At 20, Osuna led the team with 20 saves.

The 27-year-old Revere, who starred in high school at Lexington Catholic, figures to take over the center field and leadoff job that Denard Span held. Span signed with San Francisco this week as a free agent.

Revere has hit over .300 in each of the past three seasons. He batted a combined .306 for the Phillies and Toronto last year, with a .342 on-base percentage and 31 stolen bases.

The Nationals had hoped to boost their offense from the left side of the plate in the offseason. Coming off a disappointing second-place finish in the NL East, they recently signed free agent second baseman Daniel Murphy — Murphy and Span both bat left-handed.

Revere led the NL with 184 hits in 2014 with the Phillies. In six seasons with Minnesota, Philadelphia and Toronto, he’s hit .295 with 176 steals.

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