The Cubs acquire reliever Joe Smith from the Angels

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Some final deadline deals trickling through includes a nice little pickup for the Cubs, who have acquired reliever Joe Smith from the Angels for minor leaguer Jesus Castillo.

Smith is 1-4 with 3.82 ERA in 38 appearances this season. He doesn’t strike out a ton of guys and maybe walks a few to many for a late inning reliever, but he’s got a nice ground ball rate. The Cubs have Aroldis Chapman, so it’s not like they need Smith to close like he did, part of the time anyway, in Anaheim.

Castillo turns 21 next month. He’s getting his first taste of low-A ball this season after a couple of seasons of rookie ball.

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.