Diamondbacks asking around about catching, but finding price is too high

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After dealing Miguel Montero to the Cubs in December, the Diamondbacks currently project to go with a combination of Tuffy Gosewisch and Oscar Hernandez behind the plate. Who, you might ask? Exactly. With that in mind, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that the Diamondbacks have asked the Cubs about Welington Castillo and the Blue Jays about Dioner Navarro. However, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart says the club isn’t making much progress in trade talks.

“We’ve not made a whole lot of headway in that area yet,” Stewart said. “Without really giving up something that’s going to cost us a player that we don’t want to give away, we don’t have a whole lot of motion yet.”

With an obvious need behind the plate, the Diamondbacks don’t have much leverage at the moment, so Stewart says that teams are asking for their “top guys” — meaning top prospects — in return. He’s not willing to budge right now.

Gosewisch, 31, owns a .213/.225/.287 batting line over 55 games in the majors. Hernandez, 21, was selected from the Rays in the Rule 5 Draft in December and batted .249/.301/.401 with nine home runs and 63 RBI over 94 games last season in A-ball. Barring any changes in the coming days, they’ll have to hope that the rest of their lineup makes up for what could be the weakest catching tandem in the majors.

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.