CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reports that Giants starter Tim Hudson is leaning towards retirement following the 2015 season. Hudson said, “I’m definitely leaning that way, for sure.”
Hudson, who will turn 40 this summer, had another productive season for the Giants, finishing with a 3.57 ERA and a 120/34 K/BB ratio in 189 1/3 innings. The Giants won three of the four post-season games in which he started en route to their third championship in five years.
Hudson had bone chips removed from his ankle in January and is believed to be two to three weeks behind schedule with spring training on the horizon.
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.