UPDATE: The Dodgers-Braves trade talks have been called off as Albert Callaspo rejects a trade

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UPDATE: Welp, never mind:

 

Why? Callaspo:

There was not much of a need for him in Los Angeles and it’s possible that the Dodgers’ aim here was to simply eliminate a veteran infielder to make room for others. Easier to get some minor league talent for Uribe and then just release Callaspo, yes? Maybe Callaspo realized that and would prefer to stay in Atlanta where, one assumes anyway, the Braves will keep him on the roster at least for two more weeks when they can trade him and not require his approval.

11:03 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to the Braves about a deal involving Juan Uribe and Alberto Callaspo. He said that they were close to completing a deal last night but something is holding it up. Perhaps Callaspo’s approval, given that he has the right to reject a trade before June 15 due to the fact that he just signed as a free agent this past offseason.

The Dodgers trading Uribe would give Alex Guerrero an everyday position. His bat has certainly earned it, given that he’s hitting.307/.337/.679. That will regress, however, and Guerrero’s glove doesn’t compare to Uribe’s. Uribe, of course is hitting a mere .247/.287/.309 with one home run and six RBI.

Callaspo himself isn’t hitting much this season — .206/.293/.252 — while splitting time between second and third. It’s unclear what else the Braves would have to throw into the deal to make this happen, but presumably something. For his part, Rosenthal says that there are some “lesser names” involved as well.

UPDATE: More from Rosenthal:

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.