Athletics hoping to get Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin back in June

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MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that the Athletics expect to activate pitchers Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin from the disabled list some time in June. Parker underwent Tommy John surgery in March and Griffin soon joined him with a Tommy John surgery of his own in April.

Parker, 26, has a career 3.68 ERA and a 275/127 K/BB ratio over 384 innings. The Athletics acquired him along with Ryan Cook and Collin Cowgill from the Diamondbacks in December 2011, trading away Craig Breslow and Trevor Cahill.

Griffin, 27, has a career 3.60 ERA and a 235/73 K/BB ratio over 282 1/3 innings.

The Athletics’ starting rotation entering the season figures to include Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, Drew Pomeranz, and Jesse Hahn. Sean Nolin, Chris Bassitt, and Kendall Graveman will have an opportunity to make their case during spring training as well.

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.