The Nationals’ lineup hasn’t looked nearly as intimidating as usual during the season’s first week, but an important piece is close to returning.
According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, outfielder Jayson Werth played in a doubleheader with Class A Potomac today as part of his minor league rehab assignment. Werth, who is working his way back from January shoulder surgery, homered and played the full game in left field in the first game before serving as the DH in the second one.
Werth has a scheduled off-day tomorrow, but assuming he feels good, he’ll be activated from the disabled list for Monday’s game against the Red Sox.
The Nationals have relied on a combination of Tyler Moore, Clint Robinson, and Reed Johnson in left field this week. They have combined to go 1-for-15 with a walk and an RBI coming into Saturday’s action. Getting Werth back will be nice, but the Nationals are also waiting on Denard Span and Anthony Rendon to get healthy.
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.