After waiting around all day for the Cubs to do something, they still haven't.
But! Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times has some fresh rumors for us:
Cubs looking at reliever trade market. Eyeing Nats' Storen, Clippard among others.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) December 9, 2013
As noted by Gordo, neither Drew Storen nor Tyler Clippard is a free agent; either would have to be acquired by trade. Both have closing experience, although neither was in that role for the Nationals in 2013.
Clippard is 28 and posted a 2.59 ERA with an outstanding 0.859 WHIP for the Nats last season, although with a fairly large total of nine home runs in 71 innings. He is under team control through 2015.
Storen is 26 and was the Nats' No. 1 pick (10th overall) in 2009. He was a solid reliever, including 43 saves in 2011, until last year when he posted his career-worst numbers, a 4.52 ERA with a 1.362 WHIP. Storen is under team control through 2016.
These types of pitchers are exactly the type Theo should be going after -- relatively young with a few years of team control left, yet with big-league experience. Both pitched for the Nats in the 2012 playoffs.
Your thoughts, please, in the comments.