Last night Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura went off on Jose Bautista on Twitter, calling him a “nobody” and accusing him of stealing signs. All of this in response to the plunking war between the Blue Jays and Royals yesterday, after which Bautista had negative things to say about Ned Yost.
Ventura has now apologized. He did it to Bautista via Twitter. Or, at least, by screencapping a long apology and then tweeting it at him:
Still wondering how things fly between these two teams should they meet in the playoffs. But for now, it appears, tempers are cooling. As tempers do.
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.