In a column on CBS New York, Sweeney Murti writes that free agent reliever Jason Grilli is a potential bullpen option for the Yankees, especially if they are unable to bring back closer David Robertson. Grilli is local, as he grew up in South Orange, New Jersey and went to college at Seton Hall University.
Grilli, 38, had a career resurgence with the Pirates between 2011-13, but tapered off this past season. The Pirates sent him to the Angels at the end of June in exchange for Ernesto Frieri. Between the two teams, Grilli posted a 4.00 ERA with a 57/21 K/BB ratio in 54 innings.
ESPN’s Andrew Marchand writes that Robertson is expected to fetch a deal somewhere in the neighborhood of Jonathan Papelbon’s four-year, $50 million deal.
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.