The Rangers are one of many newest golf equipment to be linked with free-agent shortstop Trevor Story, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning Information. On the floor, it may appear relatively absurd that both the Rangers or Story would entertain a union. The Rangers, in spite of everything, have already signed two of the highest free-agent shortstops available on the market in Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.
However the Rangers have a gap at third base proper now, and if Story is certainly keen to entertain a place change and/or a short-term contract, which is the most recent, then Story’s match with Texas is definitely a lot smoother than it appears at first look. Even when Story isn’t the goal, the Rangers are identified to be looking out for a 3rd baseman, going as far as to strategy the not too long ago retired Kyle Seager about the potential for taking part in alongside his youthful brother in Texas. Seager the elder kindly declined, the supply, nevertheless, per Jon Heyman of the MLB Community.
Past Story, there aren’t plenty of choices left in free company for the Rangers so as to add a 3rd baseman. The gamers obtainable — Jed Lowrie, Asdrubal Cabrera, Starlin Castro, Todd Frazier — are veterans who don’t essentially improve on Texas’ in-house choices. Proper now, the Rangers would discipline a 3rd base by committee strategy whereas awaiting the arrival and good well being of prospect Josh Jung. Regardless that he’s injured, Jung’s presence implies that the Rangers may solely be all for securing Story if they’ll accomplish that with a really short-term deal.
With out Story, Andy Ibanez, Nick Solak and Brad Miller are all candidates to get common taking part in time on the scorching nook. The Rangers additionally not too long ago signed Matt Carpenter and Charlie Culberson to minor league offers.
If the Rangers have been to finish up signing Story, it will be a reasonably exceptional sequence occasions, not solely as a result of it will imply a 102-loss group signing three of the highest free-agent shortstops in a single offseason, however due to the sequence of occasions which have led the Rangers and Story to a spot the place this might even be attainable.
It wasn’t way back that the Rangers had Isiah Kiner-Falefa able to return to the recent nook to be their common third baseman. However when the Rangers traded Kiner-Falefa to the Twins for catcher Mitch Garver, the machinations of the offseason actually kicked into excessive gear. Kiner-Falefa ended up because the Yankees’ decide at shortstop (at the least for now), which opened up shortstop once more in Minnesota, improbably, for a short-term pact with Carlos Correa. If Story is keen to take a deal related in model to Correa’s, the Rangers may swoop in and be the beneficiary.
In fact, they’re not the one group with curiosity. The Yankees themselves have not too long ago been tied to Story as nicely, regardless of their current acquisition of Kiner-Falefa and Josh Donaldson. The Purple Sox are additionally lurking, however just like the Rangers, they’d ask Story to maneuver off his most well-liked place.
Heyman suggests that the Yankees and Astros “doubtless have an edge” to signal Story as a result of they might permit him to stay at shortstop. The Yankees had reportedly mentioned a four-year contract with Correa that included opt-outs earlier than he signed with Minnesota, per Andy Martino of SNY. An analogous contract construction is perhaps sufficient to reel in Story, assuming a extra modest AAV. Story gained’t come low-cost, however he’ll be cheaper than Correa, which appears to be fueling the Yankees’ curiosity. All that stated, it’s a little bit of an overcrowded match, with Anthony Rizzo now penciled in at first base, Giancarlo Stanton locking down the DH spot, and Gleyber Torres, Kiner-Falefa and Donaldson already probably reducing into DJ LeMahieu’s taking part in time.
The Rockies made one final name to Story earlier than inking Kris Bryant, per The Athletic’s Nick Groke, however that door seems to be closed. From the identical division, the Giants are the opposite group which were talked about as a possible suitor for Story. The Giants have Brandon Crawford at quick, Evan Longoria at third and Tommy La Stella at second — a trio that would definitely make room for Story, ought to that be his final touchdown spot.