Astros sign No. 2 overall draft pick Alex Bregman

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Houston has agreed to terms with LSU shortstop and No. 2 overall draft pick Alex Bregman, according to Mark Berman of MyFOXHouston.com.

Last year the Astros failed to sign No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken, so they received the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft as compensation and selected Bregman. In three years at LSU he hit a combined .334 with 21 homers, 65 steals, more walks than strikeouts, and a .921 OPS in 166 games.

Baseball America rated Bregman as the fourth-best prospect in the draft class, calling him “one of the safest picks” because “scouts are nearly unanimous that he should at the worst be a productive big league middle infielder.”

Obviously the Astros are betting on him being an impact player, but either way he should move through the farm system quickly and could be in Houston at some point next season. Where he’ll play is less certain, because the Astros have their long-term double-play duo in All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve and stud shortstop prospect Carlos Correa.

The recommended slot value for the No. 2 pick is $7.4 million.

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.