At some point, watching Aroldis Chapman blow triple-digit heat past opposing hitters will get old. It hasn’t yet.
The Reds’ flame-throwing closer got into a pickle in the ninth inning in an attempt to preserve a 5-2 lead, as the Marlins loaded the bases with no outs. Chapman, however, blew a 102 MPH fastball past Donovan Solano for a strikeout, a 101 MPH fastball past Dee Gordon for another strikeout, then fanned Derek Dietrich with a 103 MPH heater to end the contest.
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Chapman has gotten all three outs on strikeouts in each of his last three appearances. He’s 15-for-16 getting the save thus far with a 2.01 ERA and a 56/19 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings.
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.