Report: Josh Johnson is “on the verge” of re-signing with the Padres

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The Padres signed Brandon Morrow earlier this week and now Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that the club is “on the verge” of re-signing Josh Johnson to a one-year deal.

Johnson missed the entire 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late April. He became a free agent in October after the Padres declined a $4 million option on him for 2015, but there was mutual interest in getting a new deal done.

Johnson might not be ready until a couple of months into the 2015 season, but Passan hears that his new deal is expected to include “big incentives” based on games started. If even one of Morrow or Johnson turns out to be a significant contributor next season, the Padres will probably be thrilled.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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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.