Victor Martinez got a few days off this week to rest his surgically-repaired left knee, but he’s back in the starting lineup this afternoon against the White Sox.
Martinez had a minor scare with his knee last Saturday. He was in the lineup one day later, but has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since, partially because the Tigers were playing the Pirates under National League rules this week. However, he was on the bench again last night against the White Sox while Yoenis Cespedes served as the designated hitter.
V-Mart is 6-for-23 (.261) with five walks over eight games this season. The Tigers will have to hope that the rest did him well.
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.