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Phillies claim Jose Bautista on waivers

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies have claimed Jose Bautista on revocable trade waivers and are currently discussing a trade with the Mets.

As with all other waiver claims, the Mets have until a set deadline — some time on Tuesday in this case — to either trade Bautista to the Phillies, allow him to leave for nothing on waivers or to pull him back and keep him for the rest of the season.

Bautista got off to a surprisingly hot start after signing with the Mets, but overall he’s hitting just .199/.340/.368 in 338 plate appearances this season, including the 12 games he played for the Braves.

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.