Colorado Rockies: Looking ahead to 3 interesting arbitration cases
Projected 2019 salary: $6.4 million
2018 salary: $555,000
Outside of Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story is projected to earn the most of any Rockies player during arbitration season. He certainly has earned the pay raise.
The 25-year-old shortstop inserted himself into the National League Most Valuable Player conversation with a September that saw him blast 10 of his 37 home runs and put together a .298/.352/.750 slash line with a 1.102 OPS. And let’s not forget that September 5 outing against the San Francisco Giants where he crushed three homers in one game, including the longest in Coors Field history (you can watch that here).
Let’s also not forget that he did all of that in September despite almost a week with an elbow injury. Thought to be season-ending, his return boosted the Rockies in the critical final homestand of the season.
It’s just part of what has been an overall solid three seasons for Story holding down the shortstop position. Sure, an injury cost him part of his rookie campaign and his strikeout totals are still a little high for Bud Black’s liking. However, Story has quickly not only eliminated any worry about who would take over for Troy Tulowitzki but even erased some of Tulowitzki’s records from the franchise annals.
Don’t be surprised if Story ends up in the $7 million range. He has certainly made a case for the higher payout.