Papelbon Signing Puts Nats in Familiar Spot with Storen


WASHINGTON —  With the signing of Jonathan Papelbon, the Nationals found themselves in familiar territory: Telling Drew Storen he was being replaced as closer – again.

Manager Matt Williams, on his weekly radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan, says these conversations are never easy or pleasant.

“But at the end of the day, Drew is a pro and he wants to win, as we all do, and he’ll do anything that he’s asked to do to help win games,” he said. “Drew is the type of guy that will just do what he does, regardless of the inning that he pitches, and go out there and get three outs and turn it over to the next guy if he has to.”

Storen didn’t spend much time addressing the trade, telling reporters, “All I’m gonna say is obviously I’m aware of the move. Talked to Mike about it…

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