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Brewers acquire Curtis Granderson from Blue Jays

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In yet another deadline deal on Friday, the Brewers added outfielder Curtis Granderson to their ranks in a swap with the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays will receive minor leaguer Demi Orimoloye in exchange for the outfielder.

Granderson, 37, signed a one-year, $5 million pact with Toronto back in January. While the veteran outfielder is far removed from his All-Star days, he’s maintained a decent, if underwhelming .243/.340/.429 batting line with 11 home runs, a .769 OPS and 0.4 fWAR through 348 plate appearances for the Blue Jays in 2018. Given that the team intends to continue rebuilding over the winter and Granderson is facing free agency again, it made sense for the Jays to grab what farm system depth they could while allowing the outfielder to finish out the year with a potential postseason contender.

In return, they Blue Jays will add 21-year-old Orimoloye to their ranks. The young outfielder was promoted to High-A Carolina in mid-June and turned in a combined .247/.322/.391 with 12 home runs, 22 stolen bases and a .713 OPS in 522 PA at the Single-A and High-A levels.

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.