UPDATE: Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that it’s a one-year, $3 million deal, pending a physical.
12:41 p.m. ET: Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Braves are on the verge of signing Alberto Callaspo. Fredi Gonzalez told him himself, actually.
The Braves, who have moved on from the Dan Uggla era and who recently traded Tommy La Stella, will probably use Callaspo at second base. Callaspo can, however, play anywhere in the infield and, in the past, played corner outfield spots as well, so using him as a super-utility player is not out of the question either.
His 2014 was not one he’d like to remember — Callaspo hit only .223/.290/.290. — but in the previous five seasons he was at or above league average on offense every single season, so there’s a chance for a bounceback.
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.