Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras is once again riding the pine even though the Giants are starting the right-handed Jake Peavy in Game 2 of the NLCS. The right-handed Randal Grichuk gets another start in right field, batting eighth. Taveras has yet to start this post-season.
Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, GM John Mozeliak said he hopes that the way Taveras has been used in October is a “wake up” for the 22-year-old. Mozeliak added that Taveras will be given suggestions for conditioning during the off-season
Taveras entered the 2014 season as a consensus top-five prospect in baseball, but struggled in 248 plate appearances in the majors, batting .239/.278/.312 with three home runs and 22 RBI. The rookie has taken four trips to the plate this post-season, all as a pinch-hitter, recording one hit (a single) with a run scored.
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.