Jack Etkin/Forbes: Story In Line to be Next Chapter in Rockies Long-Term Deals

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By Jack Etkin/Forbes.com

Shortstop Trevor Story, one of nine Rockies players eligible for arbitration, is projected to have a 2020 salary of $11.6 million, more than double what he made while again playing superbly this season.

Story, who turns 27 on Nov. 15 and can become a free agent after the 2021 season, and the Rockies might avoid the arbitration process that goes from year to year and reach agreement on a long-term deal. The Rockies did that with third baseman Nolan Arenado this year in spring training and outfielder Charlie Blackmon in the first week of the 2018 regular season, signing Arenado for eight years and $260 million and Blackmon for six years, $108 million. And last spring, the Rockies reached a five-year, $43 million deal with pitcher German Marquez.

Arenado and Blackmon were beginning seasons that could have taken them to free agency. Marquez was not going to be arbitration eligible for the first time until this winter.

The Rockies had a payroll of $156.6 million last season, which ranked 12th among the 30 major league clubs and above the average of $138.4 million.

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