Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has officially moved Ben Revere to left field on a permanent basis, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. He added that Odubel Herrera, a Rule 5 pick from the Rangers, would likely be in center field on Opening Day.
The move comes somewhat in response to Domonic Brown’s Achilles injury, which will probably keep him out of the Opening Day lineup and may result in a stint on the disabled list. Additionally, Revere has shown subpar defensive skills in center field. Despite his speed, he has taken odd routes to fly balls and has arguably the weakest arm among all outfielders in the majors. Herrera has been a second baseman by trade, but has racked up a fair share of innings in the outfield this spring. He’s also batting .321 through 56 at-bats, so the Phillies wanted to keep his bat in the lineup.
With Revere in left and Herrera in center, Darin Ruf or Grady Sizemore will probably end up in right field for the Phillies on Opening Day.
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.