Giants place Matt Cain on the disabled list, tab Chris Heston to start Sunday

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The Giants have placed starter Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reportsPavlovic noted earlier on Friday that the Giants are preparing Chris Heston to start on Sunday. Heston was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento last Friday as a means to limit his workload.

Cain, 30, made his season debut on July 2 after missing the first three months of the season with a flexor tendon strain his right arm. In 10 starts spanning 52 2/3 innings, the right-hander compiled a 6.15 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio.

Heston, 27, went to the minors after posting a 3.34 ERA with a 110/48 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings spanning 24 starts.

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.