Jake Petricka, who was the White Sox’s closer for much of last season, will begin this year on the disabled list with forearm soreness.
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that no structural damage was found and general manager Rick Hahn indicated that Petricka may be able to return from the DL as soon as his 15 days are up.
Petricka saved 14 games with a 2.96 ERA and 55/33 K/BB ratio in 73 innings last season and will slide back into a setup role thanks to the arrival of closer David Robertson via free agency.
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.