Royals outfielder and AL All-Star Lorenzo Cain ended a nearly five-hour contest against the White Sox on Saturday when he drilled a solo home run off of reliever Dan Jennings in the 13th inning to break a 6-6 tie. Closer Greg Holland allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth to blow his third save of the season, so he was one of many to see Cain come through at U.S. Cellular Field.
Cain finished 3-for-5 in the game, doubling and drawing two walks along with the homer. He now owns a stellar .322/.380/.507 triple-slash line with nine home runs, 44 RBI, 56 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases.
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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.