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Cubs’, Reds’ benches clear at Great American Ball Park

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Things got a little spicy during the Cubs-Reds game on Saturday after Cincinnati reliever Amir Garrett induced a swinging strikeout from Javier Baez in the seventh inning. Baez worked a 2-2 count against the southpaw, then whiffed on an 84-MPH slider to end the inning. Apparently Garrett looked too happy about the strikeout — his first of the afternoon — and the two exchanged heated words as the benches cleared around them.

It’s not clear exactly what was said to elicit an emotional outburst from Baez, but the kerfuffle died down after several minutes. While both sides received a warning, nothing escalated beyond the verbal confrontation and no ejections were issued.

The altercation also signaled the end of Garrett’s outing, as he was swiftly replaced by right-hander Raisel Iglesias to begin the eighth inning. The Reds led the Cubs 4-2 at the time of the brawl, then relinquished their lead following Ian Happ‘s leadoff home run and Anthony Rizzo‘s RBI double in the eighth. They remain tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th.

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.