Last weekend Yankees reliever Dellin Betances suffered a partial tear of the left Achilles tendon, ending his season. The Yankees announced today that Betances will avoid surgery and should be ready for spring training in 2020.
Betances is already unavailable for the postseason, but he will become a free agent the first of November. The relatively good prognosis is good news for him in that it’ll make finding himself a deal for next season a bit easier if his new team will not have to be without him early in the season.
Betances, 31, missed all but one third of an inning of work this season due to shoulder and lat injuries and now this. He was a top reliever over the previous five seasons, however, so he should have multiple suitors willing to take a chance on him this winter.
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.