MLB announced this afternoon that Indians outfielder Michael Bourn was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for making physical contact with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi during Tuesday’s game.
Bourn was ejected Tuesday after confronting Cuzzi about balls and strikes. You can watch the incident here. You’ll notice that Indians manager Terry Francona wasn’t present to restrain Bourn. Well, there’s a good reason for that. He was using the bathroom:
No word on if he was using Instagram at the time.
Bourn has appealed his one-game suspension, so he remains in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Cubs.
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.