It’s always cute when managers put fast guys with poor on base skills in the leadoff spot. Cute but dumb because, as the saying goes, you can’t steal first base. Joe Maddon realizes that because he’s putting Carlos Pena in the leadoff spot tonight:
I like it. Even if he is a first baseman. Even if he is a power threat. He has a .352 lifetime OBP and it’s at .353 this season.
Here’s a list of every first baseman who led off a game. The all-time leader is Lu Blue. Not to be confused with Blue Lou from “The Blues Brothers.”
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.