A.J. Ellis to undergo knee surgery tomorrow

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Rough news for the Dodgers this evening, as the team has announced that catcher A.J. Ellis will undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee.

The Dodgers will release more information following the procedure, but he’ll likely miss a few weeks at the very least. Ellis previously had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the very same knee in October of 2012.

The .180 career hitter Drew Butera has been backing up Ellis so far this season, but the Dodgers figure to call up Tim Federowicz to help fill in.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.