After missing two months with a groin injury All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon is off the disabled list and back on the Royals’ active roster for the final month of the season.
Kansas City kept rolling along without Gordon and enters September with an AL-best 80-50 record, but having him healthy for the playoffs is a huge key for the Royals.
Gordon hit .279 with 11 homers and an .852 OPS in 78 games before the injury, making his third consecutive All-Star game at age 31. In addition to being one of the Royals’ best hitters he’s also a fantastic defensive left fielder, winning four straight Gold Glove awards.
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.