Chris Sale‘s velocity was alarmingly low in his last outing. He was mostly reaching the high 80s and only occasionally touching 90 against the A’s last Wednesday and he had to reply on his breaking and offspeed stuff to get through his six innings of work. That came after getting shelled by the Mariners in his first outing of the year.
Today Alex Cora said that there is not a reason for alarm over Sale’s fastball. Why? Because he was sick:
Cora said that he had a normal side session over the weekend so he should be better positioned to throw gas against the Blue Jays this afternoon.
Guess we’ll see.
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.