Carlos Gomez injured his wrist Sunday and the Brewers center fielder has been diagnosed with a sprain, which mean he’ll sit out at least another week.
It’s particularly rough timing, as Milwaukee hosts a four-game series with St. Louis beginning Thursday.
Gomez has followed up a breakout 2013 season with nearly identical numbers, hitting .282 with 21 homers, 29 steals, and an .827 OPS compared to .284 with 24 homers, 40 steals, and an .843 OPS last year. In his absence the Brewers figure to use Gerardo Parra in center field after acquiring him from the Diamondbacks at the trade deadline.
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.