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Matt Harvey may opt-out of his minor league deal with the Athletics

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Matt Harvey may opt out of his minor league deal with the A’s.

Harvey told Slusser that his opt-out can be triggered on Thursday. If there is any interest in anyone using him as a starter at the big league level he’d probably take it given that it’d give him a chance to showcase himself as he heads into an offseason of free agency.

Though, really, one has to wonder if that’s such a great thing, because his big league performance so far this year has been abysmal. Harvey was released by the Angels last month after putting up an ugly 7.09 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 29 walks in 59.2 innings of work over 12 starts. He hasn’t been shooting the lights out in the minors, really, having given up six earned runs in 15 innings over three starts, but even if the minor league season ends in a few days, that final impression may be a better selling point for him than getting shellacked in a few September starts in the bigs. He’s making $11 million from the Angels either way.

I can’t help but wonder if his best bet is to stay with Oakland — which is making a playoff push right now — and see if he can’t get called up and snag some of the magic fairy dust the A’s have sprinkled on Homer Bailey of late. There are worse places to fix oneself, after all, than in the pitcher-friendly Oakland Coliseum.

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.