Brewers GM Doug Melvin traded starter Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers last week. He reiterated on Sunday that he’s not looking to replace the right-hander in the rotation, per Andrew Gruman of FOX Sports Wisconsin.
This means the Brewers will be relying on 25-year-old Jimmy Nelson. In 111 innings at Triple-A Nashville, Nelson posted a 1.46 ERA with a 114/32 K/BB ratio. However, he struggled in 69 1/3 innings at the major league level, finishing with a 4.93 ERA and a 57/19 K/BB ratio.
Melvin did mention he’d like to add a pitcher capable of spot starting.
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.