Marlins starter Jose Fernandez has left the team, currently in Atlanta, and flown back to Miami to have his right-shoulder examined by a doctor, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. The Marlins’ ace is battling some stiffness in his right shoulder.
Fernandez, 23, had Tommy John surgery in May last year. He made his season debut on July 2 against the Giants, and has racked up a superb 2.30 ERA with a 53/10 K/BB ratio in 43 innings across seven starts.
At 43-67, the Marlins are currently tied with the Phillies for the worst record in baseball. Their starting rotation has seen Dan Haren and Mat Latos leave via trade, and Henderson Alvarez is out after undergoing shoulder surgery. Losing Fernandez for any length of time would only further hurt an already depleted stable of starters.
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.