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Reds-Pirates game postponed

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Saturday’s Reds-Pirates game has been officially postponed due to inclement weather, according to announcements from both teams. As right-handers Sonny Gray and Trevor Williams were scheduled to face off in their respective season debuts, they’ll likely see some action on Sunday barring another bout of bad weather. Per MLB.com’s Adam Berry, Pittsburgh hurlers Chris Archer and Jameson Taillon will handle Monday and Wednesday’s home games against the Cardinals, respectively, with Joe Musgrove‘s first start pushed back to an as-yet undetermined date.

The teams will make up the lost game at Great American Ball Park on Monday, May 27 in a Memorial Day doubleheader. It’ll be a brief, action-packed road trip for the Pirates, who will play four games in three days in between two homestands at the end of the month.

The Reds clinched their home opener on Thursday night, taking a 5-3 lead over the Pirates with 5 2/3 frames of one-run, eight-strikeout ball from Opening Day starter Luis Castillo and a pair of home runs from José Peraza and Derek Dietrich.

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.