The Boston Red Sox signed former Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story to a six-year, $140 million deal Sunday.
Story hit .251.with 24 home runs, 75 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, and a .329 on-base percentage last season. He is expected to move to second base alongside regular shortstop Xander Bogaerts despite never appearing anywhere else as a professional.
The deal includes an opt-out option after the fourth year.
Trevor Story signs for Boston
Trevor Story’s new deal with Boston could end up going in multiple directions; the six-year vet tied a career-low for home runs— in an unabridged season, that is— and had his second-worst batting average and on-base percentage last season. He is also no longer going to be in the hitter-friendly Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, which often allows balls to soar out of the park because of the thinner air.
Granted, Boston is not the most difficult park in the majors to hit the ball in; Story also has above-average speed to go with his usual power and contact, which could help him spray some doubles off the Green Monster if he is not going yard over a lower outfield wall.
Another dimension of the uncertainty is Story’s position within the defense; it makes sense for him to slide over to second and leave Bogaerts at short, but it also sacrifices a player that was a National League Gold Glove finalist and has been effective at the position.
Bogaerts weighed in after the deal went through and called Story “[one of] my top five shortstops that I like.”
“I’m not at the front office or [involved in] making those type of decisions,” Bogaerts said about the murkiness of the future shortstop position, though he did throw in that he hopes to remain between second and third. “If you brought in someone like that, it will help out the team.”
The American League East is loaded
The AL East looks like it is going to be one of the most highly-contested divisions in the league next season as if it was not already in 2021. With the Toronto Blue Jays set to line up a video-game offense and the Tampa Bay Rays fielding some of the best young and affordable talent in the world, as well as the ever-ready New York Yankees, Boston is going to be under fierce competition for the pennant and a playoff spot.
The Red Sox performed significantly better to close the last campaign than they did in months prior. A lot of this can be attributed to the influence of Kyle Schwabrer, now of the Philadelphia Phillies, who brought consistency and reliability to Boston’s lineup. Neither he nor Story are the best players in the world, but if the new edition can have a similar sort of calming influence, his new contract will be vindicated.
It is not every day that a two-time Silver Slugger, two-time All-Star, and stolen bases leader hits the market, and Boston made the right move snapping him up. All that remains to be seen is how quickly he can settle into a new hitting environment, and how he can handle the pressure of performing for a team expected to contend for a title.
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