Matt Holliday is ready to rejoin the Cardinals after a month-long absence


Matt Holliday, who sat out the All-Star game with a quadriceps injury that’s sidelined him for the past month, is hoping to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Cardinals’ lineup when they begin the second half Friday.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Holliday “participated in batting practice at the All-Star game and was out on the field hours before first pitch to go through a series of running drills.”

It’s worth noting that for the past couple weeks Holliday has generally seemed much more optimistic about his return timetable than manager Mike Matheny and the Cardinals have, at least publicly.

Holliday hit .303 with three homers and an .839 OPS in 52 games before the injury, getting voted into the National League’s starting lineup by fans. Randal Grichuk has been his primary replacement and the 23-year-old rookie actually has a higher OPS (.853) than Holliday.

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.