The Marlins expect Jose Fernandez back around June 1; would consider trading Dan Haren

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From Barry Jackson’s notes column in the Herald, a couple of items relevant to the Marlins’ 2015 pitching staff:

  • The Marlins expect Jose Fernandez to throw off a mound in spring training and expect him to be back to throwing balls in anger by June 1. This is a the standard timetable given his May 2014 Tommy John surgery;
  • The team is well aware of Dan Haren’s desire to play in southern California and will try to accommodate him if they get any offers for him from California teams, but at the moment they are hearing nothing and they’re not making calls. They think he’ll pitch well in Miami and hope he does.

As for the retirement threat, Jackson notes this tweet from Haren last week:

Yeah, he’s gonna pitch.

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.