The Mets have John Mayberry, Jr. and Kyle Blanks on their radar

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We saw 41 players hit free agency this week after they were non-tendered by their former teams. Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that the Mets have two of them, John Mayberry, Jr. and Kyle Blanks, on their radar.

Both players would fit with several teams in part-time duty or in a bench role. Either could be especially useful for the Mets, as they hit from the right side of the plate and have experience between the outfield and first base. The Mets intend to use Lucas Duda as their everyday first baseman in 2015, but Mayberry or Blanks could offer an alternative against left-handed pitching.

Mayberry batted just .210 with seven homers and a .734 OPS this season between the Phillies and Blue Jays, but he owns an .857 OPS against southpaws during his career. Blanks was limited to just 26 games this past season between the Padres and Athletics due to tendinitis in his left Achilles and has generally had a tough time staying healthy during his career, but he has some serious pop in his bat.

Many have speculated on former Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera as a fit for the Mets, but Carig hears that the club has yet to express any interest.

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.