Denard Span cleared for post-surgery rehab assignment

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Jayson Werth came off the disabled list and returned to the Nationals’ lineup Monday and he may soon be joined in the outfield by Denard Span.

Span, who had offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia and then had another surgery in mid-March for a core muscle injury, has now been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Double-A.

Span was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable on March 9, so barring any setbacks he’s right on schedule. Michael Taylor has been filling in as the Nationals’ center fielder and leadoff man, but the 24-year-old rookie is just 6-for-29 (.207) with 11 strikeouts through seven games.

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.