UPDATE: The White Sox just announced that Chris Sale suffered an avulsion fracture of his right foot and will be sidelined three weeks. According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said that he suffered the injury unloading something off the back of his truck yesterday.
It sounds like it could have been a lot worse, but Sale’s status for Opening Day is in question at the moment. We should know more after the swelling in his foot subsides.
1:01 p.m. ET: Here’s some concerning news out of White Sox camp about ace left-hander Chris Sale, courtesy of Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com:
The White Sox loaded up over the winter with additions of Jeff Samardzija, Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, and David Robertson, among others, so potentially losing Sale for a significant period of time would be a tough blow. We’ll pass along more information as soon as it’s made available. In the meantime, cross your fingers, White Sox fans.
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.