As mentioned earlier, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has been diagnosed with a chronic knee condition which will limit him strictly to DH duty for the remainder of the season. Cabrera hadn’t played since May 31 and logged just two home runs across 219 plate appearances this season.
As if to spit in the general direction of his doubters, Cabera had himself a ballgame on Tuesday night against the Rays. He doubled in a run to open the scoring in the bottom of the first, then belted a grand slam off of reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell in the fifth inning.
The grand slam marks the 468th career homer Cabrera, moving him into a tie with Chipper Jones for 34th on the all-time leaderboard. The duo trails Carlos Delgado at 473 in 33rd place.
Cabrera’s slam also broke a tie with Tony Pérez, moving him into sole possession of 59th place on the all-time hits leaderboard at 2,733. Two more will move Cabrera into a tie with Goose Goslin at No. 58.
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.