The Marlins have traded outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Mariners. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald was the first to report that he was being traded. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported the full deal. The Marlins will receive a player — not yet identified — and international bonus pool money in exchange.
Maybin, on his second tour of duty with the Marlins, is hitting .251/.338/.343 with three homers and eight stolen bases on the year. He’s being paid $3.2 million for the entire season, so the third or so of that that’s remaining is not too big a burden.
Guillermo Heredia has been playing center most of the season, but his bat has been a liability and he really profiles more as a fourth outfielder than a starter. Maybin will take over and, in all likelihood, provide an upgrade.
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.