Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres made an “aggressive offer” to the Phillies for lefty Cole Hamels before pivoting to James Shields.
That comes in the course of his column about Hamels and the Phillies. He doesn’t say exactly what the offer consisted of, but you have to assume it included at least one of the Padres top prospects, which include pitcher Matt Wisler, catcher Austin Hedges and outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Rosenthal says, however, that it’s possible the Phillies don’t consider those guys — or some combination of one of those guys and others — as enough to satisfy the Phillies.
I dunno. There has been a lot of talk about how the Phillies “must move Hamels now!” lately. I’m sort of not buying it. He’s going to be really attractive to contenders as the season wares on. Someone will pony up for him, I bet.
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.