Matt Garza left the Brewers and traveled to California to be with his pregnant wife for the upcoming birth of their twins and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he’s not expected to rejoin the team this season.
MLB paternity leaves typically last a few days, rather than multiple weeks, but Garza’s relationship with the Brewers has become increasingly rocky thanks to his poor performance and refusal to pitch out of the bullpen after being dropped from the rotation.
So basically they told him to just stay away until next season, since he wasn’t going to pitch out of the bullpen anyway.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell told McCalvy that Garza left the team on “good terms” and says they had “a very good conversation” before his departure, but the veteran right-hander is owed $25 million for the next two seasons and clearly the team would love to shed that contract from the books this offseason.
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.