Report: Nationals have contacted the Athletics about Ben Zobrist

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals have contacted the Athletics in regards to Ben Zobrist. If the Nats were to land Zobrist, Rosenthal writes, he could play left field until Jayson Werth returns, then serve as utilityman, playing in the infield or the outfield as needed.

The Yankees are also interested in Zobrist, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Cubs are reportedly interested as well as the Mets.

Zobrist spent just over a month on the disabled list between late April and late May due to arthroscopic knee surgery. The versatile 34-year-old is batting .222/.304/.383 with two home runs, 14 RBI, and one stolen base in 92 plate appearances this season. He is earning $7.5 million for the 2015 campaign and can become a free agent at season’s end.

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.