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Rougned Odor pulls off straight steal of home


Second baseman Rougned Odor helped cut into the Rangers’ deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Athletics. Entering the inning trailing 8-3, Odor doubled in a run to make it 8-5. Odor would advance to third base on an infield single. Later, with Shin-Soo Choo batting with two outs, Odor noticed lefty Ryan Buchter wasn’t paying attention when he was coming set on the mound. Odor decided to attempt a straight steal of home and did so easily, reducing the deficit to 8-6.

The A’s would tack on a run in the top of the ninth and the Rangers would fight back for two in the bottom half of the ninth, falling just short in a 9-8 loss. Odor finished 3-for-4 on the afternoon with a pair of doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored. He needed a good day at the plate. Even after Sunday’s effort, he’s batting a meager .177/.246/.333 with seven homers, 29 RBI, 27 runs scored, and five stolen bases in 204 plate appearances on the season.

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.