Yu Darvish sought three opinions on his sprained elbow ligament and they all recommended Tommy John surgery, so the Rangers ace will go under the knife next week. Dr. James Andrews will do the honors.
He’ll miss the entire season, but the hope is that by choosing the surgery now rather than attempting the rest-and-rehab route Darvish will be back early in 2016 and perhaps even by Opening Day. He’s dealt with elbow problems since last season, when he spent the final six weeks on the disabled list.
Darvish has been fantastic since signing a six-year, $56 million deal with the Rangers in 2012, going 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA in 545 innings while holding opponents to a .216 batting average and posting a strikeout rate of 11.2 per nine innings that ranks as the highest in baseball among starters.
Texas had the worst record in the league last season as injuries wrecked the roster on the way to 95 losses and Darvish being knocked out for the year is a major blow to the Rangers’ hopes of returning to contention. He’s signed through 2017.
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.