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Report: Domingo Germán won’t pitch again this season

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Yesterday Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán was placed on administrative leave pursuant to the MLB-MLBPA Joint Domestic Violence Policy. While the league is still investigating the matter, Buster Olney of ESPN hears that Germán “will not pitch another inning” in 2019, including the postseason.

This is not shocking, as even the the most minor suspensions under the Domestic Violence policy have typically entailed more than the eight games the Yankees have remaining. And based on what we’ve been hearing over the past 24 hours, the suspension Germán will receive is likely to be substantial.

Bob Klapisch of the New York Times tweeted yesterday that German allegedly slapped his girlfriend. Andy Martino of SNY reported that the incident took place late Monday or early Tuesday following a charity gala which took place at CC Sabathia’s home. Klapisch says someone from the Commissioner’s Office witnessed it, though Martino disputes that. What’s not in dispute is that the MLBPA opted not to exercise its right to appeal German’s placement on administrative leave pending the investigation, so the evidence is likely pretty damning.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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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.