Mike Leake who, like seemingly everyone else on the Reds, is on the trading block turned in an excellent performance this afternoon, allowing one runs on four hits over eight innings in the Reds’ 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
It was the first in a twinbill between these two teams but it could quite have easily been Leake’s last start in Cincinnati as a member of the Reds. Leake will be a free agent after the season and the Reds are going nowhere, so he’s likely to be in high demand given his that he’s given up just two runs in his last 21 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.