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Rays place Blake Snell on injured list with fractured toe

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The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club placed starter Blake Snell on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 14, due to a fractured right toe. The Rays selected the contract of pitcher Emilio Pagán from Triple-A Durham.

Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Snell said he suffered the injury dropping something on his foot at home on Sunday night. He started on Saturday against the Blue Jays, tossing six shutout innings. Snell is expected to miss only one start.

Snell, 26, is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. He has been terrific to start the 2019 season, owning a 2.16 ERA with a 36/4 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. His 36 strikeouts leads all pitchers.

Pagán, 27, held the minor league opposition scoreless over six innings with 10 strikeouts and four walks to begin the year.

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.