The Red Sox would have signed their agency without a splash
September 6, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) circles the bases after hitting a two-run homer against the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing – USA TODAY Sports
As the week progressed, the Red Sox would have been interested in just about every big-name free agent on the market. Time and time again they have been left outside to look inside. With the majority of star players off the roster, it looked like the Sox may have missed their chance to make a splash this offseason.
That is to say until Sunday morning. As people woke up on the first day of spring, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale announced that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with All-Star shortstop and Silver Slugger Trevor’s Story. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athleticit’s a six-year, $140 million deal with an exit after four years and a team option for a seventh year.
By MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Colorado Rockies — Story’s former team — offered him more money to stay. However, he chose Boston because he sees “a better chance of winning” there.
Story has been one of baseball’s top shortstops since entering the league in 2016. He’s a two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger winner, and topped the NL MVP charts three times. . From 2016 to 2020, he hit .277 for the Rockies while averaging 36 homers per 162 games.
However, he had a slightly worse year in 2021 as trade rumors swirled throughout the season. In what ended up being his last year playing for a bad Colorado team, he cut .251/.329/.471.
With Story in the mix, the big question now is who will be the team’s shortstop? Earlier in the offseason, Xander Bogaerts reportedly expressed a desire to move to second base. However, Chad Jennings of The Athletic reports that it will be Story going second for now. Neither player played professionally at second base.
To complicate matters further, Bogaerts has a player option in his contract next offseason, an option he reportedly intends to take. Initial reports suggest Bogaerts would be willing to renege on a new deal, which, if he did, would set the Red Sox up with one of baseball’s best midfield combinations for multiple seasons.
Whoever ends up at second base, the Red Sox have added a much-needed right-handed bat to their roster for the 2022 season. help at the bullpen. They still have time, with opening day in 18 days.
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