The Diamondbacks have fired GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the club announced on Monday. The news comes as no surprise as the Diamondbacks had another disappointing season, finishing at 69-93 despite adding Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller, among others, going into the 2016 campaign.
Stewart in particular received criticism for the Miller trade with the Braves, which cost the club 2015 No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson as well as pitching prospect Aaron Blair and outfielder Ender Inciarte. Miller battled mechanical woes and an injury, finishing 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio in 101 innings. He was even demoted to Triple-A during the second half.
In two seasons as the manager of the D’Backs, Hale went 148-176 (.457).
The fate of D’Backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa is still not yet known, though he has been on the hot seat just as much as Stewart and Hale. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the club is still trying to determine what role he will have going forward.
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.