Party like it’s 2011: Watch Jeff Francoeur throw out Alex Rodriguez at home plate

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2011 was Jeff Francoeur’s most recent productive season and the season after Alex Rodriguez’s last 30-homer campaign. Francoeur’s star has fallen steeply since then, compiling a .615 OPS in 887 plate appearances while struggling to stay in the majors. A-Rod, of course, battled injuries and missed all of 2014 due to a drug-related suspension.

It may be 2015 now, but both are still sort of relevant as Francoeur has a decent shot at making the Phillies’ 25-man roster and Rodriguez will attempt to be a productive member of the Yankees’ everyday lineup.

Both were involved in an interesting play on Friday afternoon as the Yankees were in Clearwater to take on the Phillies in a Grapefruit League match-up. With runners on second and third and one out in the second inning of a scoreless game, Chris Young hit a deep fly ball to Francoeur in right field. Rodriguez, on third, tagged up but was easily tagged out following a strong throw from Francoeur to catcher Cameron Rupp. Watch:

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Rodriguez, by the way, will make his spring debut at first base on Sunday against the Astros, per ESPN’s Baseball Tonight on Twitter.

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.