Yesterday we had the first returns in the NL All-Star voting, today it’s the American League’s turn.
Mookie Betts is in front of all comers — at all positions, in both leagues — with 748,872 votes. Second in both categories is Jose Altuve at 701,236. For that matter, the third place AL guy — Mike Trout — has 639,822 votes, which is more than the top NL guy, Freddie Freeman had. The star power, she is in the Junior Circuit these days.
The other AL leaders: first baseman Jose Abreu of the White Sox, third baseman José Ramirez of the Indians, shortstop Manny Machado of the Orioles, catcher Gary Sanchez of the Yankees and designated hitter J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox.
Here are the totals thus far:
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.