So far so good on Miguel Cabrera’s rehab from surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in his foot. He has taken is first hacks in the cage and is feeling fine.
He’s not in camp yet — he’s reporting today — but Brad Ausmus says that he took some batting practice and texted him about it afterward, reporting no pain.
Cabrera hit .313/.371/.524 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI over 159 games last season and a lot of those games were played while battling injury. Given that Victor Martinez will begin the season late due to knee surgery, having a healthy and productive Cabrera in the lineup is going to be critical to the Tigers’ early season success.
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.