Watch as Adam Jones robs Evan Longoria of a home run with a leaping catch before throwing out Matt Joyce to complete a double play:
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Pretty much everything went the Orioles’ way this evening, as they trounced the Rays 9-1 at Camden Yards in Baltimore. They hit five homers, including back-to-back-to-back shots from Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy, and Chris Davis in the fifth inning. Meanwhile, Chris Tillman allowed an unearned run over seven innings in the victory. After snapping a three-game losing streak, the first-place Orioles now sit at 74-55 on the year. The Rays are now 64-67 and find themselves on the fringe of playoff contention.
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.