Marlins infielders Adeiny Hechavarria and Dee Gordon completed a double play during Saturday’s game against the Dodgers that left the Marlins’ broadcast booth exclaiming, “Wow!”
With runners on first and second with one out in the fourth inning of a 3-2 game, Yasmany Grandal hit a grounder up the middle off of starter Tom Koehler. Hechavarria was playing close to the second base bag due to an infield shift, so he had to range to his right to corral the grounder. He made a backhanded toss to Gordon on second base, who then did a Derek Jeter-esque jump-throw to first baseman Jeff Baker to complete the inning-ending double play.
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When you leave the broadcast team speechless but for the word “wow!”, you’ve done your job well.
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.