The prior week in MLB was about a shortstop signing a multi-year contract. A club in the American League selects their Opening Day starter, and a manager in the National League agrees to a contract extension.
Boston Red Sox Sign Shortstop Trevor Story to Six-Year Contract
The Boston Red Sox made a splash several days ago when they inked shortstop Trevor Story to a six-year, $140-million contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Source confirms: Free agent Trevor Story is in agreement with the Red Sox on a six-year, $140M contract. First: @BNightengale
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2022
The contract for Story includes an opt-out after the fourth year, and the Red Sox can nullify by exercising a seventh-year option, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Trevor Story is in agreement with the Red Sox: 6 years, $140M. There is a player opt out after year 4. Boston can negate by picking up a 7th-yr option. If so the deal is 7-$160M
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 20, 2022
The contract would be worth $160 million if the Red Sox decided to pick up the seventh-year option.
The deal does not have any no-trade provisions, says Sherman.
Trevor Story’s contract does not contain no trade provisions #RedSox
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 20, 2022
Story will shift from shortstop to second base, per Jim Bowden of The Athletic.
Trevor Story will play 2B for the #RedSox with Xander Bogaerts remaining at SS.
— Jim Bowden⚾️🏈 (@JimBowdenGM) March 20, 2022
The team already has Xander Bogaerts as their everyday shortstop.
Story was with the Colorado Rockies for his first six years in MLB and slumped a little bit with them last year.
He posted a .251 batting average and .801 OPS in 142 games with 34 doubles, five triples, 24 home runs, 75 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases.
Story still played solid defense in the field.
The Red Sox made an intelligent move signing Story as he will give their lineup more depth and put the team in a position to contend for a playoff spot.
Los Angeles Angels Name Shohei Ohtani as Opening Day Starter
The Los Angeles Angels have named two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani as their Opening Day starter against the Houston Astros on April 7.
Shohei Ohtani is our 2022 Opening Day Starter!
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) March 25, 2022
This marks the first Opening Day start in the career of Ohtani.
Ohtani is coming off a phenomenal 2021 season as he was selected as the American League MVP.
He compiled a 3.18 ERA in 130 1/3 innings pitched (23 starts) with 156 strikeouts, 44 walks issued, 15 home runs yielded, a 141 ERA+, 3.52 FIP, and 1.09 WHIP on the mound.
Then, he proceeded to post a .257 average and .965 OPS in 155 games with 26 doubles, 46 home runs, 100 RBIs, 26 stolen bases and led the league with eight triples as a batter.
Ohtani is a particular player who can impact the game as a pitcher or in the batter’s box.
The Angels are hopeful Ohtani dazzling on the diamond will lead to a postseason appearance.
The last time they were in the playoffs was in 2014, when they won the AL West.
Los Angeles Dodgers Agree to Three-Year Contract Extension with Manager Dave Roberts
The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a contract extension with manager Dave Roberts a couple of days ago.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed manager Dave Roberts to a contract extension. pic.twitter.com/NjQsXVB6gj
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 25, 2022
The contract extension is for three years and will take Roberts through the 2025 season, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Dave Roberts agrees to 3 year extension with Dodgers, through 2025
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 25, 2022
He was entering the final season of a four-year deal he signed with the Dodgers in 2018.
Roberts was hired by the Dodgers before the 2016 season and had a 542-329 win-loss record with five National League West titles in six seasons.
He guided them to a World Series victory in 2020, which ended their 32-year championship drought.
The Dodgers will enter the 2022 season as one of the favorites to represent the NL in the Fall Classic.
- Chris is a 29-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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