The Yankees place Jacoby Ellsbury on the disabled list with a bum knee

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Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury left last night’s game in the fourth inning after appearing to tweak his knee while batting. He stayed in the game after reaching base and eventually scoring, but he was obviously not right. Now he’s out for a bit: the Yankees placed him on the 15-day disabled list following the game.

Ellsbury, despite dealing with various aches and pains since spring training, has been great for the Yankees this year, hitting .324/.412/.372 and leading the American League in stolen bass with 14. Figure Chris Young or Slade Heathcott, who was called up after last night’s game, to get the bulk of the playing time in Ellsbury’s absence.

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.