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Giants activate Matt Cain from the disabled list

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Giants starter Matt Cain has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, the club announced on Twitter on Friday. Cain had been out since August 25 due to a strained flexor tendon in his right arm.

Cain will pitch out of the bullpen. He made his season debut on July 2 and made 10 starts, posting a disappointing 6.15 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings.

During his latest rehab stint, Cain says he identified a mechanical flaw, per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Cain explained, “I got into a bad habit of dropping my elbow and pushing the ball to the plate, instead of getting on top of it and using some leverage to get it down in the strike zone.”

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.