Via the official Twitter account of the San Francisco Giants …
Pagan has been bothered by discomfort in both of his knees for much of the 2015 regular season and the Giants have finally decided to get him some extended rest. The hope is that he’ll be ready after 15 days.
Gregor Blanco will start in center field and lead off in Tuesday night’s series opener versus the Astros.
Pagan, 34, is batting just .258/.290/.308 in 102 games this season for the Giants, who are 2 1/2 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West and 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the NL Wild Card chase.
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.