For three years the Mariners have tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to nurse an injured Erik Bedard back to health and recoup some value from the trade that sent Adam Jones and Chris Tillman to Baltimore in February of 2008.
During that time Bedard has gone from 28-year-old ace to 31-year-old question mark, sitting out all of this season following shoulder surgery, and the Mariners declined his $8 million option for 2011 only to re-sign him to a non-guaranteed one-year contract prior to last night’s non-tender deadline.
With basically zero risk involved it’s tough to blame the Mariners for taking another chance on Bedard, who has yet to cease being very effective in between injuries. He’ll compete for a job in spring training. If healthy he’ll likely claim a spot in the rotation. And if not, the Mariners can finally cut bait after getting 30 starts in four years.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.