Stephen Strasburg will start a rehab assignment next week

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Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is set to begin a rehab assignment next week,  James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. The right-hander has been out since his July 4 start against the Giants due to an oblique injury. It’s not yet known how many appearances Strasburg will need to make before returning to the rotation.

Strasburg hasn’t had a good 2015 season. He was on the disabled list earlier this season as well due to a trapezius injury, and has made only 13 starts this season as a result. In 61 innings, he has a disappointing 5.16 ERA with a 63/18 K/BB ratio. Strasburg has been able to complete six-plus innings only three times.

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.