Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer left Sunday’s game with a leg injury. The official diagnosis is a bone bruise below his knee, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports. He may need to go on the disabled list, but Cuddyer says it won’t be a season-ending injury. ESPN’s Adam Rubin adds that Mets trainers will try one last medicinal fix in an effort to keep him off of the DL.
Cuddyer, 36, has been battling the issue for a while, playing no small part in his disappointing numbers. He entered play Sunday hitting .249/.298/.381 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 309 plate appearances.
It’s not known yet what the Mets would do to account for an extended absence, but there have already been calls for the club to promote top prospect Michael Conforto. Conforto, 22, was taken by the Mets 10th overall in the first round of the 2014 draft. In 378 PA between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, he has hit .301/.373/.488 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI.
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.