For months Dan Haren indicated that he’d rather retire than play for a non-California team, which became an issue last week when the Dodgers traded him to the Marlins.
Haren is under contract for $10 million in 2015, which the Dodgers essentially paid the Marlins to take whether he retires or not, but now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says Miami may try to trade Haren “if he plans to retire.”
Assuming that Haren sticks to his California-or-bust plan, the Angels, Padres, A’s, and Giants are the only options and he’s already played for the A’s and Angels. Haren’s performance has slipped from his prime levels as a top-of-the-rotation starter, but he still looks capable of being a solid third or fourth starter at age 34.
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.