Padres re-sign Josh Johnson

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Last offseason the Padres signed Josh Johnson to a one-year deal hoping the once-dominant right-hander would get healthy and bounce back, but instead he missed the entire season.

San Diego declined its $4 million option on Johnson, making him a free agent, but now Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Padres have re-signed him to a one-year deal worth $1 million in guaranteed money and $8.25 million in incentives.

Johnson has a 3.40 ERA with 915 strikeouts in 998 career innings and is still just 30 years old, so for a minimal commitment he definitely makes sense for the Padres. If they can get one healthy season combined between Johnson and Brandon Morrow they should be pretty happy.

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

Trevor Story
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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.