Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was removed from Saturday’s game against the Mariners with left knee discomfort, per a team announcement. He’s expected to undergo further evaluation; until then, the severity of his injury or a timeline for his return to the lineup has yet to be revealed.
It’s not clear exactly when or why Guerrero began feeling pain in his knee, but he was pulled at the top of the third inning after making several defensive plays and grounding out in his lone at-bat. Following his departure, Brandon Drury entered the game to cover for Guerrero at the hot corner.
The 20-year-old rookie has gotten off to an explosive start in the majors this season. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .274/.345/.464 with 14 home runs, 54 RBI, and an .809 OPS across 386 plate appearances.
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.