Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets could consider bringing in Michael Morse. This would be a fallback, one assumes, given that one of their top targets, Michael Cuddyer, would now cost them a draft pick to sign.
But it may not really fill that corner outfield hole the way the Mets want to. Morse, especially at 32, is not a great bet to be an everyday outfielder. Or at least not a good one. He’s better served to play some first base or to platoon. Or, possibly, to DH for an AL team.
I know the outfield is ever-shrinking in Citi Field, but there is still a lot of ground to cover out there and the Mets will still be built around their young pitching. And young pitching needs guys who can pick it.
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.