Derek Norris says Angel Pagan “was just being kind of a d***head”

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Fun stuff from the ninth inning of yesterday’s Giants-Padres game.

Angel Pagan was facing Craig Kimbrel, with Derek Norris behind the plate. Pagan tossed his gum away and it ended up hitting Norris’ glove. Norris didn’t much care for that and the exchanged words for a minute. When they resumed, Kimbrel’s next pitch to Pagan was up and in.

Was this all about gum? Apparently so. Just ask Derek Norris after the game:

Fair enough. Maybe it’d have more gravitas as a statement if it didn’t come from someone who spends entire games spitting into and around the batters boxes where dudes have to stand all day, but he believes what he believes and expresses it clearly.

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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.