Center fielder Peter Bourjos has been claimed off waivers by the Phillies after being dropped from the 40-man roster by the Cardinals.
Bourjos has elite speed and is a top-notch defensive center fielder, but he’s struggled offensively since a strong showing for the Angels in 2011. Since then he’s hit just .231 with 14 homers and a .645 OPS in 392 games, including .200 with a .623 OPS this past season.
Bourjos’ defense is good enough that he wouldn’t have to hit much to be a solid starting center fielder, so the rebuilding Phillies taking a flier on the 28-year-old makes some sense. He’s arbitration eligible and due for a raise after making $1.65 million in 2015.
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.