The Trevor Story watch continues as the July 30 trading deadline draws near.
Two sources said Tuesday that six to eight teams have been “planted” about trading the two-time All-Star shortstop to the Rockies. However, interim general manager Bill Schmidt said on Tuesday that the number was “a bit high.”
Schmidt said last week that the Rockies need not trade the story if they are unable to negotiate a fair price for the slugging shortstop.
“Yes, we have the decision to make, but we don’t have to transfer players for financial reasons,” Schmidt said. “At the end of the day, it will be about what we can get back. We are not an agricultural system for other people.”
Story, who is making $17.5 million this year, is due to become a free agent at the end of this season and there is every indication that he will not consider re-signing with Colorado.
Storey said Tuesday that he is clearly aware of the trade rumours, but added that he has no idea which teams might be interested in trading for him.
“No, I don’t know, and I don’t want to know,” he said. “Until something happens, I really don’t want to know. That’s what I told my (management) team.”
The story has tried to stop all the rumours.
“Obviously I’m aware of the matter, but it’s all out of my control, so it doesn’t help me to think about it,” he said. “I’m just focused on playing baseball and helping my teammates. I think I’ve done a great job of not blowing too much life into it.”
Still, Story hasn’t put together the kind of season a player of his caliber wants as he moves to free agency. He entered Tuesday night’s game against the Mariners at Coors Field. He scored .743 OPS and 11 home runs, hitting .242 (31 points below his career average). He is on pace to score just 20 home runs, which would be the lowest in his career for the entire season.
“I haven’t played my best baseball yet,” he said. “But there’s still a lot of baseball to be played. We still have over two months to go. I haven’t felt very well, but when I’m there I really focus on competing.”
Story went on the injured list and missed 11 games with a right elbow strain in late May and early June, and then went 0-for-14 with six strikes on his return. He said the injury was a major handicap, but added that his elbow is “100% healthy now.”
“I was feeling great before the injury, but it held me back a little bit,” he said. “I’m just getting back into the rhythm and trying to be as consistent as I can. Obviously, my (stats) are not what they usually are, but I’m not paying attention to that. I I’m not going to let this discourage you. There’s a lot of baseball left.”
Return of Gomber. Lefty starter Austin Gomber, who last pitched on June 19, is set to return for the game against the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon. Gomber went on the injured list due to stiffness in the forearm of the left hand.
Gomber started a rehab for Triple-A Albuquerque, throwing 62 pitches in four innings.
“If he’s pitching well, we can probably push up (the pitch count) a little bit,” said bench coach Mike Redmond, interim manager for Bud Black, who remains out due to COVID-19 protocols . “He’s feeling good, he’s feeling confident and it’s nice to see him back on the mound.”
Starting the season at 15 for the Rockies, Gomber is 6-5 with a 3.68 ERA. After a stellar start to his Rockies career, he went on to win his last three and four of his last five decisions. In his last eight starts, he was 4–1 with a 1.61 ERA.
revolving rotation. The Rockies have a day off on Thursday, then travel to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers for a three-match series starting Friday. Right-hander Antonio Senzatella is still on IL due to COVID protocols, with the Rockies keeping right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez in the rotation. He will pitch in LA on Friday, followed by lefty Kyle Freeland on Saturday and right-hander John Gray on Sunday.
footnote. Utility player Chris Owings was placed on the 10-day IL on Tuesday due to a left thumb injury. Connor Joe was recalled from Triple-A to replace him. Joe started Tuesday night in left field and hit second. … Regular left fielder Raimel Tapia, who has lost time due to illness, said on Tuesday he was feeling “much better” and could be available for a pinch on Tuesday night and returned to the lineup on Wednesday. can.