Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants have once again placed starter Johnny Cueto on the 10-day disabled list, this time with right elbow inflammation. Pitcher Andrew Suarez has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
Cueto was on the disabled list last month with a sprained left ankle. He has made five starts this season, going 3-0 while limiting the opposition to three runs on 16 hits and six walks with 26 strikeouts in 32 innings.
The Giants have had to deal with the injury bug quite a bit in the early going. Jeff Samardzija started the season on the disabled list. Madison Bumgarner isn’t expected to be back for at least another month. Joe Panik will miss six to eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. Mark Melancon is still on the disabled list with a flexor tendon issue. Despite all this, the Giants have been able to stay above .500, entering Tuesday’s action with a 15-14 record.
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.