Yu Darvish throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

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Yu Darvish won’t be able to help the Rangers as they attempt to secure a Wild Card spot in the American League, but here’s some good news as we look toward 2016.

Darvish underwent Tommy John surgery back in mid-March, so he’s about five months into his recovery. There’s still a long way to go, but the hope is that he’ll be ready to rejoin the Rangers’ rotation early next season. With Cole Hamels now in the fold, that could be quite the 1-2 punch.

Darvish, who just turned 29 on Sunday, owns a 3.27 ERA with 11.2 K/9 over his first 83 starts in the majors.

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.