Last night reports swirled that the A’s were close to trading first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss to the Indians.
No deal is done yet and now Jane Lee of MLB.com says Moss going to Cleveland isn’t a sure thing. However, it does sound all but guaranteed that Oakland will be trading Moss somewhere. (National reporters like Jayson Stark and Ken Rosenthal agree.)
Moss is due to make around $7 million via arbitration and had a horrendous second half while playing through a hip injury that eventually required surgery. He was great in the first half and overall finished with 25 homers and a .772 OPS to go with a .232 batting average.
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.