The Red Sox were planning to have Steven Wright make a spot-start against the Yankees, but Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that they have changed course and now plan to activate Joe Kelly from the disabled list to make the start.
Kelly came down with biceps tendinitis during a Grapefruit League start on March 16 and has been working his way back in recent days. Red Sox manager John Farrell told Tim Britton of the Providence Journal that they made the decision after watching his most recent bullpen session on Wednesday. He’ll likely be limited to around 85-90 pitches in his season debut.
Kelly was acquired from the Cardinals last July along with Allen Craig in the John Lackey deal. The 26-year-old throws hard and owns a 3.41 ERA over 48 starts and 30 relief appearances in the majors, but he has averaged just 6.0 K/9 and could be in trouble with a move to the American League.
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.