Victor Martinez out of Tigers’ lineup for fourth straight game

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Victor Martinez is out of the Tigers’ lineup for a fourth straight game stemming from the “pinch” in the 36-year-old’s surgically repaired knee that he felt Saturday. He also apparently has a sore back today.

Martinez actually played Sunday, but hasn’t started since then. The first three of those games came in an NL ballpark so there was no designated hitter spot for Martinez and he did make a pinch-hitting appearance, but the fact that he remains on the bench despite returning to AL rules today in Detroit is worrisome.

Yoenis Cespedes is in the DH spot today, with Rajai Davis and Anthony Gose both in the lineup.

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.