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Giancarlo Stanton becomes fifth-fastest to 300 home runs

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Yankees OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton became the fifth-fastest player to reach 300 career home runs, drilling a two-run home run to right field off of Tigers starter Francisco Liriano in the third inning of Thursday night’s game in the Bronx.

Only Ralph Kiner, Ryan Howard, Alex Rodriguez, and Juan González were faster to 300 dingers than Stanton.

Stanton entered the night batting .275/.349/.517 with 32 home runs and 82 RBI in 588 plate appearances on the season. It’s been a good first year in the Bronx for Stanton.

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.