MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell reports that the Padres have acquired pitcher Matt Wisler from the Reds in exchange for minor league pitcher Diomar Lopez.
Wisler, 26, was designated for assignment by the Reds last Thursday. He had a solid spring, posting a 3.75 ERA with 16 strikeouts and one walk across 12 innings. He also had success in a small sample out of the Reds’ bullpen last season, yielding three earned runs with an 11/2 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.
Wisler was originally selected by the Padres in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. He was then sent to the Braves in the Melvin Upton Jr. trade. The Braves sent him to the Reds last July in the Adam Duvall trade.
Lopez, 22, spent most of his 2018 season with Low-A Tri-City, In 41 2/3 innings in the minors overall, he posted a 5.18 ERA with 53 strikeouts and 13 walks.
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.