From Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press comes word that Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are finally set to make their Grapefruit League debuts in Sunday afternoon’s split-squad slate.
Cabrera will be the designated hitter in the Tigers’ home game against the Nationals and Martinez will DH on the road against the Braves. They’re both expected to get around three at-bats.
Cabrera has been brought along slowly this spring following offseason surgery on his right foot and ankle. He registered three singles and a walk in five plate appearances Saturday in a minor league game.
Martinez homered in that same minor league game, though it was his only hit in six trips to the plate. He underwent surgery in early February after tearing his left meniscus in an offseason workout.
The two sluggers can now be penciled into Detroit’s Opening Day lineup.
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.