The Nationals aren’t happy with Andrelton Simmons’ slide into third base

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As I mentioned in the comments earlier, Andrelton Simmons slid into third base hard last night, injuring Yunel Escobar. You can watch the play here. Short version: Simmons was dead to rights, likely knew it, slid late, apparently intending to try to dislodge the ball from Escobar’s glove with his foot. He, in fact, took his whole glove off and cut Escobar’s hand, forcing him out of the game.

The Nationals are not pleased about it:

Said Bryce Harper: “Andrelton plays with a lot of energy, but that was a B.S. play. That slide was definitely uncalled for.”

Said Ian Desmond: “He really didn’t slide at all. It was a pretty ugly slide. You’ve got to be way smarter than that. There’s a right way to play the game, and that’s not the right way.”

Hard to blame them. I love Simmons — he’s probably my favorite current Brave — but it’s hard to conclude that he was trying to do anything other than dislodge the ball there. That doesn’t always lead to injury and some people laud that kind of thing as gritty or whatever, but the fact is is that when you use your cleats as a weapon, there’s a good chance you’re gonna hurt someone. We outlawed home plate collisions for the same reason.

And no, I don’t care if Ty Cobb did it. Ty Cobb was a jackass.

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.