Billy Butler and Nori Aoki to return to Royals’ lineup for Game 6 of World Series

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According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed during a media session this afternoon that Billy Butler and Nori Aoki will return to the starting lineup tomorrow night for Game 6 of the World Series against the Giants.

It’s not a big surprise. Butler and Aoki were on the bench for Games 3-5 in San Francisco, with Jarrod Dyson playing center field and Lorenzo Cain in right. However, Yost can go back to his familiar lineup now that the team has returned home to Kauffman Stadium. Cain will slide over to center field to make room for Aoki in right and Butler will slot in at designated hitter.

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star notes that there could still be a tweak with the “standard” playoff lineup, as Yost is considering moving Mike Moustakas up from the No. 9 spot in the order.

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.