According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, free agent outfielder Torii Hunter hopes to sign with a team prior to next week’s Winter Meetings.
Mark Whicker of Los Angeles News Group reported over the weekend that Hunter is considering the Orioles, Rangers, and Mariners as well as a potential reunion with the Twins. However, one wonders whether we can scratch the Mariners off that list now that they have reportedly agreed to terms with Nelson Cruz on a four-year, $58 million contract.
Hunter, 39, batted .286/.319/.446 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI this season with the Tigers. He’s likely looking at a one- or two-year 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.