After not being traded by the Rockies over the summer, Trevor Story’s free agency will be interesting to watch unfold this winter.
A lot of folks are trying to make a Story free agent prediction, but in a crowded shortstop market, there’s still no telling where he ends up.
The thing that makes Story’s contract projection so difficult to predict is that there are so many other shortstops available. Compared to Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, or Javier Baez, Story may not rate as highly some of the other free agent shortstops. But that just means some team is going to end up getting a great deal.
Trevor Story free agency 2021-22
In all likelihood, Story isn’t going to be the first shortstop to sign this winter.
He’ll likely have to wait his turn and wait for the market to develop. With that in mind, here are five possible destinations for where Story could end up signing.
The Phillies have Didi Gregorius under contract for another year, but the team and player don’t appear to be on the same page. There have been plenty of rumors indicating that Philadelphia is looking for a new shortstop.
With Bryce Harper’s contract, the Phils might not be able to afford Correa or Seager, although Story could be a more affordable option for them. There’s no doubt that the Phillies are committed to trying to put a winning team on the field, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see them make a serious play for Story and then part ways with Gregorius.
It appears time for Texas to do something big in free agency, although the Rangers might not be willing to make a huge splash because they are so far from contending.
Nevertheless, signing a shortstop seems like a viable option for them. They just aren’t getting much offense from incumbent Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Story would immediately solve that and give them another building block alongside all-star outfielder Adolis Garcia to help get the franchise moving in the right direction.
If the Astros lose Correa, they will need to find a replacement at shortstop, which will put Story on their radar.
Story might not be on the same level as Correa, but that also means he’d be a cost-effective option who could step in as Houston’s shortstop while also leaving room in the budget to re-sign Altuve and Bregman in the future.
Conventional wisdom says that the Yankees will focus on signing either Correa or Seager. But don’t overlook the possibility of the Yanks deciding to sign Story instead.
He’s a cheaper option but is arguably the most well-rounded shortstop available outside of Correa. He doesn’t have the defensive questions of Seager or a history of poor plate discipline like Baez. The Yankees might like that about Story, especially if they don’t want to spend a fortune on a shortstop.
Detroit looks like a serious contender for Correa, although that will surely make Story a backup option for them.
The Tigers need to do something substantial this winter and appear set on signing a free-agent shortstop. If Correa slips through their fingers, they will quickly pivot and could make a serious push for Story.