Nationals’ outfielder Chris Heisey will stay on with the club for another year, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The 31-year-old reportedly signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with performance bonuses on Friday, which will make 2017 his second year in Washington.
It’s a nice upgrade for Heisey, who joined the club on a minor league contract during the 2015 offseason and emerged as a versatile outfielder and one of their most potent pinch-hitters down the stretch. He batted .216/.290/.446 over 155 plate appearances, accumulating nine home runs and 0.3 fWAR in the regular season. He also helped power the team during their postseason drive, going 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Game 5 of the NLDS. It marked his fourth career postseason appearance and first with the Nationals, who finished first in the NL East and were knocked out of the Division Series by the Dodgers.
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.