Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis‘ strong rookie season was cut short by shoulder problems that eventually led to surgery in November. He was given a 4-5 month recovery timetable and Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Travis recently “received a positive review” from the doctor who performed the surgery.
Travis still has a long way to go in his recovery, ruling out Opening Day and making it unlikely he’ll play at all in April, but so far so good.
Ryan Goins is expected to be the Blue Jays’ primary second baseman to begin the season and Darwin Barney is around in a backup role, but once Travis is healthy he’s the favorite to reclaim the job after hitting .304 with eight homers and an .859 OPS in 62 games as a 24-year-old rookie.
Toronto has no shortage of big bats in the lineup, which made losing Travis for the entire second half a relative afterthought, but being able to add his right-handed bat in May or June could provide a nice boost.
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.