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Ketel Marte (back) to have MRI

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Diamondbacks star Ketel Marte had to leave last night’s game against the Marlins with back stiffness. Today he’s going to have an MRI. The club is calling it “precautionary.”

While the Dbacks remain on the far fringes of the NL Wild Card race, the biggest impact of Marte missing time would be on the NL MVP race. Marte is definitely in that conversation, having hit .329/.389/.592 with 32 home runs, 92 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 97 runs this season, all while playing excellent defense at multiple positions.

Marte, along with Cody Bellinger, Anthony Rendon and the done-for-the-season Christian Yelich, will all receive lots of votes.

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.