2014 Silver Slugger Award winners are announced

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The 2014 Silver Slugger Awards presented by Louisville Slugger will be announced this evening (6:00 p.m. ET) during an hour-long special on MLB Network.

The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top hitter at each position in both the American League and the National League. Votes are cast by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the names of this year’s recipients as they are announced:

American League

First Base:

Jose Abreu, White Sox

Second Base:

Jose Altuve, Astros

Shortstop:

Alexei Ramirez, White Sox

Third Base:

Adrian Beltre, Rangers

Outfield:

Mike Trout, Angels

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

Michael Brantley, Indians

Catcher:

Yan Gomes, Indians

Designated Hitter:

Victor Martinez, Tigers

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National League

First Base:

Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers

Second Base:

Neil Walker, Pirates

Shortstop:

Ian Desmond, Nationals

Third Base:

Anthony Rendon, Nationals

Outfield:

Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

Justin Upton, Braves

Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

Catcher:

Buster Posey, Giants

Starting Pitcher:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants

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

Trevor Story
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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.