Bryce Harper not in the Nationals’ lineup on Friday

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is sitting out Friday’s series opener against the Pirates after suffering a mild hamstring strain on Thursday against the Rays. Clint Robinson is batting fourth and playing right field in Harper’s place.

Per CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman, Manager Matt Williams said that Harper is still sore but would try some light swings. Harper hasn’t undergone an MRI yet but would if the soreness lingers.

Harper, 22, has been baseball’s best hitter all season, batting .344/.476/.720 with 22 home runs, 53 RBI, and a league-leading total of 54 walks in 275 plate appearances.

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.