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Braves acquire Adam Duvall from Reds for Lucas Sims, Matt Wisler, and Preston Tucker

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The Reds announced late Monday night that the club sent outfielder Adam Duvall to the Braves in exchange for pitchers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler and outfielder Preston Tucker. None of the three players the Reds received were on the Braves’ 25-man roster.

Duvall, 29, hasn’t been very productive this season, batting a meager .205/.386/.399 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. He is good for the occasional homer even if he strikes out a lot and doesn’t get on base. Duvall could platoon with Ender Inciarte, pushing Ronald Acuna into center field when an opposing lefty starter is on the mound.

Sims, 24, was once a highly-touted pitching prospect, but he has struggled in 68 major league innings, owning a 5.96 ERA with a 54/31 K/BB ratio. He has spent most of his season with Triple-A Gwinnett, putting up a much better 2.84 ERA with an 83/34 K/BB ratio in 73 innings.

Wisler, 25, was also once a well-regarded pitching prospect. Across 324 2/3 innings in the majors, he owns a 5.27 ERA with 230 strikeouts and 107 walks. He and Sims will provide rotation depth for the Reds, who figure to trade Matt Harvey by tomorrow’s 4 PM ET non-waiver trade deadline.

Tucker, 28, hit .256/.307/.444 with four homers and 22 RBI in 127 plate appearances for the Braves this season. The Braves sent him down to Triple-A in late June, where he’s compiled a light .691 OPS in 21 games.

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.