Cardinals could rework John Lackey’s MLB-minimum contract for the 2015 season

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At the end of October, the Cardinals exercised a major league-minimum option for 2015 on veteran right-hander John Lackey. That option was added to the end of Lackey’s five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox after he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, and he told the Cardinals in July when they acquired him that he would honor it.

But the St. Louis front office wants to ensure that the 36-year-old remains happy and motivated next year on what will be a base salary of $507,500 …

That “reworking” will probably involve the addition of some performance-based bonuses. The minimum-salary option was one of the primary reasons the Cards traded Joe Kelly and Allen Craig to get Lackey, so they’re not suddenly going to grant him a ton of guaranteed cash. Lackey has already made $108 million in his career.

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.