Arodys Vizcaino entered spring training as a strong candidate to make the Braves’ Opening Day roster as a reliever, but he’s currently sidelined with discomfort in his throwing elbow.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam showed only inflammation around the elbow and that Vizcaino will rest for a few days before being reevaluated. The Braves don’t appear too concerned right now, but the 21-year-old right-hander did sit out six weeks during the 2010 season due to a partial tear in his elbow.
Vizcaino was acquired from the Yankees in December of 2009 as part of the Javier Vazquez deal. He had 3.06 ERA and 100/28 K/BB ratio over 97 innings last season between High-A Lynchburg, Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett before posting a 4.67 ERA and 17/9 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings as a reliever with the Braves down the stretch. He was recently ranked as the No. 40 prospect in the game by Baseball America.
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.