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Cubs’ Ian Happ homers on first pitch of season

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The baseball season began in Miami with the Cubs taking on the Marlins. Jose Urena delivered the first pitch. Ian Happ of the Cubs deposited it over the right field fence.

Predictably, ESPN’s cameras immediately found Derek Jeter, who didn’t seem super impressed. Get used to that look on CEO’s face.

The first inning was otherwise a tire fire for Urena. He hit three batters and gave up two runs. He’s given up four runs in three innings of work. The Marlins have since come back, though, scoring one in the bottom half of the first and three in the bottom of the third, thanks in large part to Kyle Schwarber playing some terrible defense. I guess being in The Best Shape of Your Life doesn’t make you much better of a left fielder. It’ll be interesting to see who he’s DHing for on August 1.

Anyway, here’s “Wonderwall.”

UPDATE: This is why we don’t do “bold predictions” posts. Tweet number one happened just before first pitch:

And:

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.