Matt Harvey reported to his new team, the Los Angeles Angels, this week. And almost as soon as he did he got hurt: he’ll be sidelined 10 days because of a glute strain suffered while doing agility drills.
Well, that’s a pain in the— [Editor: don’t even think about it, Craig]
Harvey is on a one-year, $11 million deal with the Angels looking to build on the modest progress he made after being traded to the Reds last season.
The glute strain itself is not a big deal, of course, especially this early in spring training. And, for what it’s worth, based on some pictures of him from initial workouts in Tempe, he looks to be in pretty good shape. A bit more svelte than he’s been for the past couple of years.
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.