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Marlins did not sign Trevor Rosenthal

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UPDATE: Uh, forget that earlier report. Contrary to his previous Bob Nightengale now says that report, Rosenthal has not signed with the Marlins. He will spend the year rehabbing and work out for teams once he’s back to full strength next offseason.

9:36 AM: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Miami Marlins have signed reliever Trevor Rosenthal to a minor league deal.

Rosenthal underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and will miss most if not all of the 2018 season as a result. This deal, then, is to have him around for his rehab, which Nightengale says will be Rosenthal $88,900 as a minor leaguer this year, and as a major league minimum $545,000 player, pro-rate, if he returns to the big leagues.

Rosenthal, 27, finished the 2017 season with a 3.40 ERA and a 76/20 K/BB ratio across 47.2 innings. He was one of the game’s better closers in 2014-15, saving 93 games with a combined 2.65 ERA. Once he’s done rehabbing, Rosenthal should generate a good deal of interest, which explains why the Marlins want him around in the event he’s ready to pitch in 2018.

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.