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Zack Greinke probably won’t be ready for Opening Day

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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo strongly suggested that starter Zack Greinke will not be ready for Opening Day.

Greinke left Wednesday’s start with right groin tightness. He was able to play catch yesterday, but he won’t throw his usual bullpen session tomorrow or make his scheduled start Monday. Lovullo said that it’s not worth trying to press his recovery simply to make Opening Day:

“My mind-set is to not have him play catch-up [just] for one day during the season. We want to make sure he’s strong from Day 1 until the end of the season.”

Makes sense to me. It’s probably worth noting too that Greinke’s velocity, which had been down for a couple of starts, crept back up again before he left the game on Wednesday. There’s a chance that he was dealing with some dead arm and it’s not unreasonable to think that a skipped start and a bit of time off of his routine will help liven it back up again. Which is to say that, assuming his groin issue is not serious, it could be something of a blessing in disguise.

With Greinke on the shelf, Robbie Ray will likely start on Opening Day on March 29. Which is a nice reward for Ray, who pitched lights-out last year.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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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.