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Roberto Clemente Award Nominees announced

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The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Anthony Rizzo won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and they are listed below.

Tomorrow will be Roberto Clemente Day, and all the home teams will honor their nominees. Visiting teams will do it for their guys on their next home stand.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be announced during the World Series. He will be selected by a blue ribbon panel that includes MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, representatives from the national networks which broadcast baseball, MLB.com and Clemente’s widow, Vera Clemente. There is also a fan vote component, the winner of which receives one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel.  You can vote here from tomorrow through September 18.

The nominees:

Arizona DiamondbacksPaul Goldschmidt

Atlanta BravesKurt Suzuki

Baltimore OriolesChris Davis

Boston Red SoxBrock Holt

Chicago CubsJon Lester

Chicago White Sox – José Abreu

Cincinnati Reds Tucker Barnhart

Cleveland IndiansCarlos Carrasco

Colorado RockiesIan Desmond

Detroit TigersMichael Fulmer

Houston AstrosCharlie Morton

Kansas City RoyalsDanny Duffy

Los Angeles AngelsAndrew Heaney

Los Angeles DodgersJustin Turner

Miami Marlins – Martín Prado

Milwaukee Brewers – Corey Knebel

Minnesota TwinsJoe Mauer

New York MetsSteven Matz

New York YankeesCC Sabathia

Oakland AthleticsChad Pinder

Philadelphia PhilliesRhys Hoskins

Pittsburgh PiratesJameson Taillon

St. Louis CardinalsYadier Molina

San Diego PadresClayton Richard

San Francisco GiantsBuster Posey

Seattle MarinersNelson Cruz

Tampa Bay RaysMallex Smith

Texas RangersCole Hamels

Toronto Blue JaysKevin Pillar

Washington NationalsRyan Zimmerman

NOTE: Cole Hamels was traded to the Cubs, of course, but he still is the Rangers nominee.

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.