Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have agreed to a two-year deal with catcher Kurt Suzuki. Financial terms are not yet known. The deal is pending a physical. UPDATE: The deal is reportedly for $10 million over the two years in total.
Suzuki hit .271/.332/.444 with 12 homers in 388 plate appearances in 2018 and has an .825 OPS over the past two seasons. Those two years are substantially better offensively than anything he did over the previous ten years of his career. He turned 35 in early October.
Given his age and how much of an outlier those two seasons were offensively, it’s hard to guess what he’ll do going forward, but even some regression from these recent highs will serve the Nats well if they use Suzuki wisely. He’s not a full-time catcher, really, having worked in a co-starting situation in Atlanta for the past two years. Assuming Washington pairs him up with someone who can play at least 60 or 70 games himself, they’ll have a pretty decent catching duo.
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.