The Yankees were poised to extend their lead over the White Sox to 5-0 when Greg Bird hit a deep fly ball to center field with runners on first and second with one out in the fourth inning Monday night in Chicago. Center fielder Adam Engel had other ideas. He raced to the warning track, then timed his jump to snag the ball from beyond the yellow border at the top of the fence to steal a three-run homer from Bird.
Alas, the effort may be in vain as the White Sox trail the Yankees 4-0 after five innings. The White Sox offense hasn’t been able to put anything together against Yankees starter Lance Lynn. Lynn has tossed five scoreless frames, yielding just one hit and one walk with six strikeouts on 72 pitches.
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.