The Astros, in the market for a closer, have spoken to the agent of free agent closer David Robertson, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. Robertson is asking for “Jonathan Papelbon money” — somewhere in the neighborhood of four years and $50 million.
Recently, the Astros were reported as having interest in several of the top free agent closers, including Robertson, Andrew Miller, and Sergio Romo.
Robertson, taking over the closer’s role from Mariano Rivera this past season, saved 39 ballgames with a 3.08 ERA and a 96/23 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings. While the Yankees would like to see him return, his asking price may prove too steep and the Yankees may feel comfortable enough handing the reins to Dellin Betances.
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.