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Yankees No. 1 prospect Gleyber Torres pulled from Triple-A game due to stiffness

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Robert Murray and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports report that Yankees infield prospect Gleyber Torres was removed from Monday night’s game at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre due to stiffness. Torres’ early exit prompted initial speculation that the Yankees might have decided to call him up to the majors, but that is not the case.

Torres, 21, is the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect and No. 5 in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. He entered Monday’s action batting .385/.405/.565 with a home run and 10 RBI in 42 plate appearances at Triple-A.

It’s understandable that the Yankees want to play it safe with their highly-touted prospect. Torres was part of the Yankees’ haul when the club traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in July 2016.

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.