Rays acquire Marc Krauss from the Angels; demote Nick Franklin to Triple-A

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman/outfielder Marc Krauss from the Angels in exchange for minor league right-hander Kyle Winker.

Krauss hit .143 (5-for-35) with one home run and five RBI over 11 games during a brief stint with the Angels in May, but he has spent most of the season in Triple-A. A former second-round pick of the Diamondbacks, the 27-year-old has shown some power and patience in the minors, but he owns an ugly .194/.268/.335 batting line over 392 major league plate appearances and has struck out 28.1 percent of the time. Still, the Rays plan to give him some playing time at first base against right-handed pitching.

To make room for Krauss on the active roster, the Rays are sending Nick Franklin down to Triple-A Durham. Acquired from the Mariners in the three-team David Price deal last July, the 24-year-old was batting just .139 (10-for-72) with one home run and a .455 OPS over 28 games.

Winker, 25, owns a 4.81 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9 over four seasons in the minors. He has pitched between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

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.