The Cleveland Indians today acquired outfielder Brandon Guyer from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Nathan Lukes and righty Jhonleider Salinas.
Guyer is a solid depth/platoon guy, who has hit .283/.384/.464 in 472 career plate appearances against left-handed pitching and he can play all three outfield positions. This season he’s hitting .241 with 12 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs and 18 RBI in 63 games. He gets hit by a LOT of pitches.
Lukes, 22, was a seventh round pick last year and is currently playing in high-A. Salinas is 20, pitching in rookie ball. He strikes out a lot of dudes.
A nice pickup for the Indians who will definitely help their lineup and flexibility.
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.