Looking for late-inning bullpen help after trading Tyler Clippard to the A’s, the Nationals have signed former Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s a one-year, $5 million deal and includes a mutual option for 2016.
Janssen saved 81 games from 2012-2014 and has posted a sub-4.00 ERA every year since 2010, logging a total of 286 innings with a 2.99 ERA and 261/66 K/BB ratio during that time.
His strikeout rate dipped to 5.5 per nine innings in 2014 after being 8.7 per nine innings from 2010-2013 and at age 33 he might be solidly into his decline phase, but for a $5 million investment Janssen seems like a worthwhile addition in a setup role.
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.