Story had a .250/.321/.375 slash line with three doubles and one stolen base over 10 games before the suspension of spring training. Cactus League play was uneventful for the 27-year-old prior to baseball operations being halted, though there was an offseason development as he inked a two-year, $27.5 million deal in January to buy out his final two years of arbitration. Story had a .917 OPS with 35 homers, 85 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 145 games in 2019, and once play resumes he's poised for another season as Colorado's starting shortstop.
Story signed a two-year, $27.5 million contract with the Rockies on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. This deal will buy out the final two seasons of arbitration for the shortstop. He put together another strong year at the dish in 2019, slashing .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 145 contests.
Story is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers. Story will just be getting a routine off day with little on the line for the 70-91 Rockies in the season finale. Garrett Hampson will handle leadoff and shortstop duties Sunday while Story presumably wraps up his 2019 campaign with a .294/.363/.554 slash line to go with 35 home runs and 23 steals in 145 games.
Story went 2-for-5 with a walkoff solo home run in Saturday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Brewers. Story's 35th homer of the year came off Brewers reliever Matt Albers, completing the comeback win for the Rockies. Story has added 23 stolen bases, 85 RBI and 111 runs scored in 144 games this season. Unfortunately, he added three strikeouts in the contest -- the shortstop has posted a 26.5 strikeout percentage to offset some of his otherwise stellar year.
Story is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants. Story will head to the bench after starting the past 10 games, going 12-for-38 (.316) with four home runs and a steal over that stretch. Garrett Hampson is starting at shortstop and hitting leadoff in his place.