The Athletics placed starter Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right trapezius muscle, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The A’s recalled Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Nashville to take Gray’s spot on the roster.
Slusser suggests that Eric Surkamp or Daniel Mengden could take Gray’s spot in the starting rotation. Mengden, 23, was acquired in the Scott Kazmir trade and has put up an aggregate 0.72 ERA over 50 innings in the minor leagues this year, 23 with Double-A Midland and 27 with Nashville.
Gray, who finished third in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year, struggled to a 6.19 ERA and a 41/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings over nine starts.
Gray is the 13th member of the Athletics concurrently on the disabled list. The club lost Josh Reddick to a broken thumb on Friday.
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.