Nick Martinez wins No. 5 spot in Rangers’ starting rotation

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Nick Martinez has on the No. 5 spot in the Rangers’ starting rotation. Martinez had been competing against Nick Tepesch, Lisalverto Bonilla, Anthony Ranaudo and Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez. Tepesch and Bonilla are still vying for a spot as a long reliever with the Rangers, with the loser likely headed to Triple-A Round Rock to start.

Martinez has allowed just one run on 10 hits and a walk while striking out nine in 10 2/3 innings in the Cactus League this spring. The 24-year-old made his major league debut last season, posting a 4.55 ERA with a 77/55 K/BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings over 24 starts and five relief appearances.

The Rangers suffered a big blow earlier this month, losing ace Yu Darvish to Tommy John surgery, which created an opening at the back of the rotation for Martinez.

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.