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Royals activate Sal Perez

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The Kansas City Royals activated catcher Sal Perez from the 10-day disabled list today. He started the year on the shelf after tearing the MCL in his left knee just before Opening Day. They originally said he’d be out 4-6 weeks, but he’s back a bit ahead of schedule following a 9-for-24, two-homer rehab stint.

Last season, he hit .268/.297/.495 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI while ranking among the better defensive backstops in the game. This year the Royals are 5-15 and Drew Butera hasn’t hit a lick as his replacement so, yeah, they’re certainly happy to have him back.

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.