Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has tabbed Kyle Lohse as his Opening Day starting pitcher, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Lohse has started on Opening Day twice before, both with the Cardinals in 2008 and ’12. Yovani Gallardo, now with the Rangers, had started each of the last five Opening Days for the Brewers.
Lohse, 36, has been solid in his two seasons with the Brewers, compiling a 3.45 ERA with a 266/81 K/BB ratio in 397 innings. The right-hander is entering the final year of a three-year, $33 million deal and can become a free agent after the season.
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.