Settling the Scores: Wednesday’s results

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So much trade stuff to sift through that I’m going with an express recap this morning.

As for last night’s action: The Troutless Angels dropped another one to the Astros, who regain the lead in the AL West. Lance McCullers pitched seven solid innings and Preston Tucker and Jon Singleton homered. Albert Pujols hit his 30th home run of the season in a winning effort in a losing cause.

This is the latest the Astros have led their division since Sept. 21, 2003. The division then was the NL Central. Which I sometimes forget they’re no longer a part of, but that’s what being old will do to a guy. The rest of the scores:

Indians 12, Royals 1
Tigers 2, Rays 1
Pirates 10, Twins 4
Cubs 3, Rockies 2
Diamondbacks 8, Mariners 2
Giants 5, Brewers 0
Blue Jays 8, Phillies 2
White Sox 9, Red Sox 2
Padres 7, Mets 3
Nationals 7, Marlins 2
Orioles 2, Braves 0
Astros 6, Angels 3
Rangers 5, Yankees 2
Reds 1, Cardinals 0
Dodgers 10, Athletics 7

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

Trevor Story
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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.