Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez could be cleared for game action on Sunday

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UPDATE: According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, Cabrera and Martinez will actually get some at-bats in minor league games today. They will lead off five straight innings to get their at-bats in, but they won’t run the bases.

10:59 a.m. ET: Great news here for the Tigers, as Chris Iott of MLive.com reports that there’s a chance that both Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez will be ready for game action on Sunday.

The final test for Cabrera and Martinez will be running the bases today, but they could be cleared assuming all goes well. The Tigers have split-squad games tomorrow, which would allow them to have both players serve as the designated hitter. They could also have them play in minor league games before advancing to Grapefruit League action. We should have some clarity on the plan later today.

Cabrera underwent surgery last October to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. Meanwhile, Martinez is working his way back from February surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Opening Day is still within reach for both of them.

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.