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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Reds Sign RH Reliever Drew Storen

The Reds signed right-handed relief pitcher Drew Storen to a one-year Major League contract.

Storen  is from Brownsville, Indiana, where he was a high school teammate of  Reds' catcher Tucker Barnhart.

Storen is 29 and was a first round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2009. He broke into the big leagues the next season as a 22-year old.

Storen had 43 saves with a 6-3 record and a 2.75 ERA in 2011.

A year ago, Storen was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays with cash for Ben Revere and a player to be named later.  Storen appeared in 38 games for Toronto until he was traded to the Seattle Mariners on July 26 for Joaquin Benoit.

Storen was 1-3 with three saves in Toronto with a 6.21 ERA.  After the trade, Storen pitched in 19 games with Seattle and had a 3-0 record. He earned $8,375,000 last season.

The Reds will have open competition for a closer this spring with Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen in the mix with Storen.

The Reds also claimed RHP Tyrell Jenkins off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

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