Marlins have had talks with Michael Morse

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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have engaged with free agent Michael Morse recently. Jackson adds that the club prefers to go the free agent route for a first baseman as opposed to trading pitching, such as Henderson Alvarez or Jarred Cosart.

With Melky Cabrera now off the board, Morse is one of only a few enticing hitters remaining in free agency. The list becomes even more dour when you limit to first basemen.

Morse would certainly be a boon to the Marlins if he’s able to replicate his production from the 2014 season. He hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 482 plate appearances.

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.