The worst fears of Cardinals fans were realized today, as general manager John Mozeliak confirmed to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a short while ago that ace right-hander Adam Wainwright has a torn left Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.
Wainwright, who suffered the injury getting out of the batter’s box on Saturday against the Brewers, will undergo surgery this week. The expected recovery is 9-12 months, so it could even impact his preparation for the 2016 season. Wainwright, 33, is signed through 2018.
This news isn’t unexpected given Wainwright’s comments after the injury, but it’s no less brutal. Losing him is a big challenge. While the Cardinals could eventually seek some outside help via trade, they will try to get by with internal options for now. Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia are both sidelined with shoulder injuries at the moment, so either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney will likely serve as a stopgap.
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.