According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said today that he plans to use four starting pitchers during the upcoming ALDS.
Showalter hasn’t officially announced the specifics or the order of his rotation yet, but Kubatko believes that it will Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, and Bud Norris. This means that Kevin Gausman will pitch in a relief role. $50 million man Ubaldo Jimenez will make one final start tomorrow against the Yankees to state his case for the postseason roster.
While Jimenez has been a dud this season, Orioles starters rank 12th in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. Tillman has been the de facto “ace” of the staff with a 3.26 ERA over 33 starts. He’d be lined up for a potential Game 5.
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.