Brewers GM Doug Melvin doesn’t expect to pursue James Shields

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When news surfaced that Yovani Gallardo was being traded to the Rangers, many speculated that this move would set the stage for the Brewers to make a run at free agent right-hander James Shields. However, it sounds like they have other plans.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said this afternoon that he doesn’t see the club pursuing Shields. For what it’s worth, he also said that he hasn’t heard that Jordan Zimmermann is available via trade from the Nationals.

Assuming Melvin stays true to his word and stands pat with his rotation, the Gallardo trade paves the way for Jimmy Nelson to get an extended opportunity. It’s not as exciting as Shields or Zimmermann, but it’s not such a terrible thing. The 25-year-old right-hander posted a 4.93 ERA with a 57/19 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings across 12 starts and two relief appearances last season. Shedding some of Gallardo’s salary (they’ll ultimately save $10 million) could also enable the Brewers to bring back Francisco Rodriguez or sign Rafael Soriano.

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.