Mets fans continue to be teased. From Heyman:
The Mets and Rockies have been quietly discussing a potential Troy Tulowitzki blockbuster for weeks, though it isn’t known yet whether New York have a decent chance to complete such a deal.
Prized Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is said to be the centerpiece of discussions revolcing around a potential package of young players in a possible deal for Tulo . . .
Heyman notes, however, that there is a long way to go on these talks and that there is no certainty that anything can actually get done.
Meanwhile, Adam Rubin of ESPN says that there’s less than a five percent chance of anything happening and quotes an insider who says that the package the Rockies are requesting for Tulowitzki is “bats**t.” Which is a level of directness I can appreciate as a fan and baseball writer sick and tired of the usual hot stove euphemisms.
But talk is more than many connected with both the Mets and Rockies have admitted to in the past, so this is something.
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.