Rafael Betancourt successfully returned from Tommy John elbow surgery at age 40 and even resumed closing some games for the Rockies, but now he’s been placed on the disabled list with what the team is calling vertigo symptoms.
Betancourt’s elbow is fine, but he’s struggled recently while dealing with a sinus infection and told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that he’s been “feeling sick and weak” since mid-May.
As recently as one week ago Betancourt had a 3.44 ERA for the season, showing that he can still be very effective with a 19/3 K/BB ratio, but then he allowed seven runs in two appearances to inflate his ERA to 6.30.
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.