KFAN’s Paul Lambert reports that the Twins have signed reliever Zach Duke. Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press later confirmed that report. The terms of the deal are not yet known.
Duke, 34, made his season debut shortly after the beginning of the second half this past season, having completed his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. In 18 1/3 innings across 27 relief appearances with the Cardinals, the lefty posted a 3.93 ERA with a 12/6 K/BB ratio.
Duke adds some more depth to the Twins’ bullpen. The club added Fernando Rodney earlier this month.
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.