Matt Cain underwent another surgical procedure, this time to remove a bone spur in his right ankle, per CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly. Per the Giants’ Twitter, Cain will need two months of recovery time.
Cain had season-ending surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow on August 12. He is expected to be ready to rejoin the Giants’ rotation when the 2015 season begins.
Cain, 29, was having the worst season of his career, going 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA and a 70/32 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings across 15 starts. This comes a season after finishing with a 4.00 ERA. He is completing the third year of a six-year, $127.5 million contract extension signed in April 2012.
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.