Though the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Astros have all been mentioned as possible landing sports for Cole Hamels, the Dodgers are thought to be one of the stronger contenders for his services.They may have some more competition, however, and from a most unwelcome source:
At the moment San Francisco is only a half game back of the Dodgers, so if they got Hamels it would not only help them out but it would hit the Dodgers hard too. Fun times.
But this doesn’t make a ton of sense, as just yesterday Rosenthal himself noted that San Francisco may not have the prospects required to get Carlos Gomez of all people, so a Hamels deal seems like it’d be way too hard to swing.
But hey, the more suitors the merrier. And if it drives the price up for the Dodgers, the Giants — and the Phillies — may find that to be merrier.
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.