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Rays designate Erik Kratz for assignment

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Rays catcher Mike Zunino went on the injured list last month so, in need of catching depth, Tampa Bay acquired catcher Erik Kratz from the Giants in exchange for a player to be named later. Today the Rays activated Zunino so they designated Kratz for assignment.

They should send him back to the Giants as the player named later, right? Let us have some fun, OK?

Kratz, who turns 39 in two weeks, only played in six games for the Rays, making 17 plate appearances and getting one hit. So, um, no, losing him will not be a big deal. And to be honest, the hope that the Giants might take him back as his own Player to be Named Later is thus a super long shot. Still, he can catch, so maybe someone will consider it. It’s hard to catch.

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.