Done deal: Red Sox acquire Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks

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The deal was reported earlier this week and now it’s official: The Red Sox have acquired left-hander Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks.

Arizona received right-handers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and infielder Raymel Flores in the return package. De La Rosa and Webster were expected to be in the deal, but Flores’ inclusion wasn’t known until today. The 20-year-old batted .282/.344/.354 with one home run, 12 RBI, and 14 stolen bases over 61 games this past season with Low-A Lowell.

While the Red Sox missed out on Jon Lester this week, they have quickly revamped their rotation with the additions of Miley, Rick Porcello, and Justin Masterson. Interestingly, all three are adept at inducing ground balls.

Miley, 28, posted a 4.34 ERA and 183/75 K/BB ratio in 201 1/3 innings over 33 starts this past season.

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.