Tyler Clippard has been one of the best relievers in baseball since joining the Nationals in 2009, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that he is “likely” to be traded.
Why would they do such a thing? Well, Rosenthal cites Clippard’s rising salary and the Nationals’ depth with right-handed relievers. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the 29-year-old right-hander is projected to make $9.3 million next season in his final year of arbitration. That sounds like a lot for a reliever, but consider that Andrew Miller just signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Yankees. He should attract plenty of interest.
Clippard owns a 2.64 ERA (150 ERA+) since 2009 and has made at least 70 appearances in each of the past five seasons.
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.