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Brian McCann will throw out first pitch before first game of World Series


Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that recently retired catcher Brian McCann will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday in Houston. He will be caught by former teammate and fellow backstop Evan Gattis.

McCann and Gattis were teammates with the Astros in 2017 and ’18. The Astros won a championship in 2017, McCann’s first year with the team.

McCann, a seven-time All-Star, signed a one-year deal with the Braves for this season after the Astros declined his 2019 club option. Meanwhile, Gattis did not receive much interest on the free agent market and ended up sitting out the season.

Rome notes that Olympic gymnast Simone Biles will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2.

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.