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With Trevor Story's hot start, could that open the door for the Rockies to move Jose Reyes?
Given that Story was barely one of the Rockies' top 10 prospects coming into this season, and that he is considered a little iffy with his glove, Reyes could man shortstop while Story finds playing time elsewhere. Third base is pretty locked up for the Rockies right now, obviously. But D.J. LeMahieu is not exactly immovable at second base. Or Matt Reynolds at first. The Rockies also have a trio of lefty-hitting outfielders, who Story would be able to spell on occasion if he were some kind of super-utility type. Or, perhaps playing Story will become less and less appealing as teams start to catch up to his scouting report, and Reyes's return will be welcomed.
Here is a roundup of the latest news surrounding the American League Central.
Spencer Bingol of Beyond the Box Score looked at Sonny Gray, and some other pre-arbitration pitchers that could be looking at contract extensions.
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg has a new toy, says Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs.
Many among you might figure Strasburg doesn’t need to add a pitch. He struck out 30% of hitters a year ago with the usual three, and he’s clearly had an elite-level arsenal. Why tinker? But, there’s always room for improvement, and there’s always reason to adjust on the fly to stay one step ahead. If Stephen Strasburg evolves, that makes it all the more difficult for hitters to try to keep up. And Strasburg is thinking about the rest of his career. Three pitches have served him well to this point. Perhaps from now on, he’d be better with four. I’m not going to argue.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1968, Opening Day is postponed because of the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated just four days prior.