UPDATE: According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Herrera left the game with right forearm tightness. That’s not a good sign.
11:22 p.m. ET: Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera was just forced to exit Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels with an apparent injury.
Jason Vargas allowed two runs over six innings before being replaced by Herrera, who issued a leadoff walk to David Freese before being visited by a team trainer and exiting the game. It looked like the was shaking out his arm after a pitch on the replay, but we should know more about his status after the game.
It would be a really tough blow if the Royals have to make due without Herrera the rest of the way. The 24-year-old right-hander had a 1.41 ERA over 70 appearances during the regular season.
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.