Billy Beane: Athletics unlikely to get a shortstop through free agency

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Billy Beane says the Athletics aren’t likely to fill their void at shortstop via free agency, reports CSN California’s Joe Stiglich. Jed Lowrie is likely headed elsewhere, and the shortstop market isn’t too appealing as Stephen Drew and Asdrubal Cabrera are the most appealing options at the moment.

Lowrie did a decent job in his two seasons with the A’s, batting .271/.334/.405 while accruing 3.1 Wins Above Replacement over 1,228 plate appearances. If the Athletics aren’t keen on Drew or Cabrera, they would likely have to address the position via another trade. Beane has already been quite active early on in the off-season, having traded Josh Donaldson while adding Ike Davis and Billy Butler.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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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.