The Twins are calling up Byron Buxton, baseball’s No. 1 prospect, from Double-A

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MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins are calling up outfielder Byron Buxton from Double-A Chattanooga. He’ll be available for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rangers and a corresponding roster move will be announced then. Buxton was rated baseball’s #1 overall prospect by MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus entering each of the last two seasons.

Buxton, 21, was taken by the Twins in the first round — second overall — in the 2012 draft. Carlos Correa, who made his major league debut recently, was taken by the Astros ahead of him.

Buxton was batting .283/.351/.489 with six home runs, 37 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 268 plate appearances in the minor leagues this season.

The Twins are light on outfielders with Aaron Hicks suffering from a right elbow injury and Torii Hunter serving a two-game suspension.

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.