Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that while Yankees GM Brian Cashman hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing back 2014 closer David Robertson, he thinks his club has enough bullpen depth to move forward as presently constructed. The Yankees signed Andrew Miller to a four-year, $36 million contract earlier today which pairs him up at the back end of the bullpen with Dellin Betances.
Robertson is reportedly seeking “Jonathan Papelbon money” — somewhere in the area of four years and $50 million. The Yankees would obviously be interested if he reduced his asking price. There hasn’t been a lot of buzz around the right-hander aside from the Yankees, as the Astros and Blue Jays are the two most serious teams linked to him thus far.
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.