In the market for third base help in the wake of David Freese’s fractured finger, the Angels have acquired Conor Gillaspie from the White Sox in exchange for cash considerations.
Gillaspie was designated for assignment by the White Sox earlier this week after hitting just .237 with a .640 OPS this season, but he batted .282 with a .752 OPS last year and the Angels were basically just looking for someone decent to fill in for 3-4 weeks.
Assuming that Freese returns at some point next month the Angels could shift Gillaspie into a left-handed bench bat role.
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.