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Mets acquire Keon Broxton from Brewers

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The Mets and Brewers struck a deal on Saturday. Outfielder Keon Broxton is headed to New York while right-handed reliever Bobby Wahl, right-handed pitching prospect Adam Hill, and infield prospect Felix Valerio will head back to Milwaukee in return.

Broxton, 28, surfaced in just 51 major-league games during the 2018 and finished the year batting .179/.281/.410 with four home runs, five stolen bases (in six chances) and a .691 OPS through 89 PA. His lapsed skills at the plate may just be the direct result of decreased playing time — he hit 20 homers and 21 stolen bases with the Brewers in 2017, and surpassed the latter total at Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2018 — but it’s his superlative defense that makes him such a get for the Mets. He’ll get another chance to distinguish himself on both fronts as he backs up center fielder Juan Lagares in 2019.

The Brewers, meanwhile, will add righty Bobby Wahl to a bullpen that ranked fourth-best in the majors last season. The hard-throwing 26-year-old was included in a package deal for Jeurys Familia at the trade deadline and logged just 5 1/3 innings in the majors by the end of the year. In back-to-back campaigns for the Athletics’ and Mets’ Triple-A teams, he pitched to a combined 3.40 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, and 14.6 SO/9 across 45 frames.

Milwaukee also netted a pair of young prospects in the trade. Hill, 21, was taken in the fourth round of the 2018 draft and completed his first run-through with short-season Brooklyn, to the tune of a 2.35 ERA, 4.1 BB/9, and 15.3 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings. Valerio, 18, batted .319/.409/.433 with three home runs, 16 stolen bases (in 22 chances), and an .843 OPS through 303 PA in the Dominican Summer League.

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.