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Blue Jays promote top prospect Anthony Alford

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The Blue Jays promoted top outfield prospect Anthony Alford from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, sending right-hander Jake Petricka to the minors in a corresponding move. While Alford’s role with the club has yet to be more clearly defined, he should see some time in the field after the Blue Jays lost Curtis Granderson to hamstring tightness on Friday.

Prior to the 2018 season, Alford ranked no. 3 in Toronto’s farm system after posting solid numbers across High-A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2017. He finished the year batting .299/.390/.406 with 20 extra-base hits and 19 stolen bases across all three levels, despite missing significant time to a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist.

This won’t be the first time Alford goes up against big-league competition — he earned a four-game look in the majors last season before breaking his wrist — but it’s the first time he’ll get the chance to prove himself as a viable long-term candidate with the team. He’s had a rough go of it so far this spring after landing on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain and slashing an underwhelming .169/.269/.203 with two doubles in his first 67 plate appearances for High-A Dunedin and Triple-A Buffalo.

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.