Cody Ross, released by the Diamondbacks on Saturday, has already found a new home …
Rosenthal says the A’s only have to pay Ross a pro-rated MLB-minimum salary. Arizona will cover nearly all of the money still remaining on his contract — an $8.5 million salary for 2015 and $1 million buyout for 2016.
Ross batted just .268/.322/.378 over 570 plate appearances in his two years with the Diamondbacks.
The 34-year-old is going to function as a utility outfielder and bench bat for Oakland.
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.