Michael Pineda is healthy and dominating for the Yankees

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Michael Pineda was very good for the Yankees last season, but a suspension and injuries limited him to just 13 starts. This year he’s healthy and the results are fantastic, with a 4-0 record, 2.97 ERA, and 38/3 K/BB ratio in 39 innings.

Tuesday he shut out the Blue Jays for eight innings, striking out six, walking one, and topping 100 pitches for just the second time since 2011. Yes, since 2011.

Pineda debuted for the Mariners as a 22-year-old, was traded to the Yankees at age 23, and has a lengthy injury history that includes missing all of 2012 and 2013, so it seems like he’s been around forever. However, he’s still just 26 years old and between last season and this season Pineda has started 19 games for the Yankees with a 2.26 ERA, .219 opponents’ batting average, and 97/10 K/BB ratio in 116 innings.

He no longer throws as hard as he did before all the arm problems, but Pineda can still miss plenty of bats and he’s gone from having shaky control to walking fewer than one batter per nine innings. Among all MLB pitchers with at least 100 innings since the beginning of last season Pineda ranks second in walk rate and second in strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Now he just has to stay healthy.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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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.