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Marlins place Jorge Alfaro on concussion IL

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Catcher Jorge Alfaro has been moved to the seven-day concussion injured list, the Marlins announced Friday. Alfaro exited Thursday’s 7-6 win over the Cardinals after he took a backswing and foul tip off of his helmet and catcher’s mask, respectively. He’ll be eligible to rejoin the club as early as next week’s homestand.

This is the second significant injury for the 26-year-old backstop this season, as he missed nearly five weeks this spring with a left calf strain. So far in 2019, he’s batting .261/.312/.419 with nine home runs, 27 RBI, and a .731 OPS across 218 plate appearances.

In a series of corresponding moves, the Marlins recalled right-handed reliever Jeff Brigham from Triple-A New Orleans, purchased the contract of catcher Wilkin Castillo, transferred catcher Chad Wallach to the 60-day IL, and optioned outfielder Austin Dean to Triple-A as well. As both Alfaro and Wallach are currently indisposed with concussion symptoms, Castillo will provide some depth behind veteran starting catcher Bryan Holaday, who took over for Alfaro on Friday and holds a .250 average on 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.