Cardinals add “OT” patch for Oscar Taveras

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There’s been some controversy about this, but the Cardinals will go ahead with their plan …

Oscar Taveras died last October when he crashed his sports car into a tree while driving drunk in the Dominican Republic. His 18-year-old girlfriend Edilia Arvelo was also killed. If Taveras had survived, he would have been charged with vehicular homicide, but the Cardinals haven’t shied away from that and what they’re honoring here is the entire life of someone they loved. Taveras, ranked the game’s No. 3 prospect by Baseball America before the 2014 season, was supposed to take over as the Cards’ starting right fielder in 2015.

You don’t see a No. 18 on the patch because Taveras’ best friend on the Cardinals, Dominican right-hander Carlos Martinez, will wear the number in Oscar’s honor. Martinez urged Taveras to live with him over the winter at a private resort in the Dominican, away from the parties and crazy drivers and bad roads.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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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.