Rich Hill has yet to start for the Dodgers since being traded to Los Angeles at the deadline due to a blister. That will change Wednesday when he makes his Dodgers debut against the Giants.
Hill has pitched wonderfully when healthy this year, providing a stellar 2.25 ERA over 14 starts. Now he’ll step up and Ross Stripling will step down. That is, if the Dodgers don’t suffer any more rotation injuries. Which they may given that Scott Kazmir is dealing with back and neck issues.
But hey, they’ve somehow managed to come this far despite everyone short of your mom starting for them this season. What’s another pitching injury or three?
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.