Signing Ubaldo Jimenez to a $50 million deal last winter did not impede the Orioles march to the AL East title. But it wasn’t a good move either, and now the O’s are trying to do some damage control:
It’s hard to imagine someone actually wanting Jimenez in and of himself. Rather, it’d probably be a good “bad contract for bad contract” sort of deal, preferably from a team that has a bum bat in a pitchers park that would do well to move to Camden Yards while providing Jimenez with a more Jimenez-friendly situation.
Like, I dunno, a park that is 500 feet below sea level with 500 foot power alleys and a marine layer that rolls in at about noon each day.
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.