Updated at 6:40 p.m.
Mike Rizzo insisted all along it would be "very difficult" to trade Drew Storen, unless the Nationals received an overwhelming return for the 23-year-old closer.
The Nationals general manager stayed true to his word as the clock ticked down to Sunday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, refusing to pull off a blockbuster deal with the Twins that would have sent Storen (and probably others) to Minnesota in exchange for center fielder Denard Span (and possible others).
A frantic 72-hour countdown to the non-waiver deadline reached its conclusion Sunday afternoon without the Nationals completing any more moves. Not that Rizzo wasn't working furiously to try to get something done.
The Nationals and Twins had been in discussions for days about a Storen-Span swap. The sticking point, according to sources familiar with the discussions: Twins GM Bill Smith wanted more players in addition to Storen included in the trade, while Rizzo was willing to deal the 23-year-old closer only if he got more than Span in return.
"We felt we couldn't come to a deal that we were getting back enough for what we were giving up," Rizzo said. "The quality of players, the youth of the players, the control of the players, the contract of the players ... it wasn't enough in return for us to be satisfied to make the