Drew Storen earns $250K incentive for 20th game finished

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Few of the 39,940 souls at Busch Stadium paid Drew Storen any mind Tuesday night as he pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning. It may have paled in comparison to Michael Wacha’s no-hit bid, but it made an overlooked impact for Storen and the Nationals.

When the Nationals failed to score in the top of the ninth, avoiding a no-hitter only after Ryan Zimmerman’s two-out, infield single, Storen was credited with his 20th game finished. The minor milestone allowed Storen to reach a performance bonus in his contract that paid him an extra $250,000.

With one inning, Storen had made an extra quarter-million bucks and pushed his 2013 salary from $2.5 million to $2.75 million. And you thought Wacha had a good night.

In January, the Nationals avoided arbitration with Storen when they agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Storen could also receive up $1 million for reaching milestones in games finished, starting with the $250,000 for his first 20.

Storen’s agents at CAA Sports presumably insisted on the clause to protect Storen in case he became a closer either via injury or trade. If he saved a bunch of games, he would be paid like a closer.

But Storen reached the incentive in a season in which he recorded only three saves and was at point demoted. How? Manager Davey Johnson, oddly, used him in several mop-up situations or to keep road games close when the Nationals were losing late. Of Storen’s 20 games finished, 13 of them came in a loss.

However it happened, it certainly worked out well for Storen.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
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Adam Kilgore · September 24, 2013