Update #2 (1:55 AM EST): MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez has confirmed the deal, which is estimated between $42-43.5 million over three years.
Update (12:38 AM EST): Levine says the deal should be in the “$45 million range”.
Bruce Levine of 670 The Score is reporting that the White Sox have signed outfielder Melky Cabrera to a three-year deal, pending a physical. The specific terms of the contract are not yet known.
Cabrera had drawn a significant amount of interest from several teams throughout the off-season, even receiving a three-year offer from the Mariners on Friday. The addition of Cabrera is the latest in what has been a busy off-season for the White Sox. They traded for starter Jeff Samardzija and signed closer David Robertson last week, and signed 1B/DH Adam LaRoche in November.
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.