Update (6:05 PM EST): It’s a four-year, $52 million deal, per Passan.
The Astros aren’t done. After acquiring catcher Brian McCann from the Yankees, the Astros have signed free agent outfielder Josh Reddick to a contract, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. The deal is expected to exceed $50 million in total.
Reddick, 29, started the 2016 season with the Athletics but was sent to the Dodgers ahead of the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline along with starter Rich Hill. Reddick had an .816 OPS with the A’s but could only muster a .643 OPS with the Dodgers.
With Colby Rasmus, Luis Valbuena, and Jason Castro departing to free agency, the Astros were in need of left-handed bats and addressed it on Thursday with McCann and Reddick.
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.