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Angels, Garrett Richards avoid arbitration with one-year, $6.425M deal

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The Angels and right-hander Garrett Richards have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.425 million contract, reports Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.

Richards was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. The 27-year-old requested $7.1 million and was offered $5.3 million by the Angels when figures were exchanged last week, so the two sides settled just north of the midpoint.

Coming off knee surgery, Richards logged a career-high 207 1/3 innings last season while posting a 3.65 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 over 32 starts.

With Richards’ deal done, outfielder Kole Calhoun is the lone arbitration case remaining for the Angels.

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.