Free-agent shortstop Trevor Story is mulling alternatives with 4 groups and expects to decide comparatively quickly, tweets MLB Community’s Jon Heyman. Each the Giants and Purple Sox are within the combine for Story, per Heyman, who notes that the longtime Rockies shortstop is now open to a “short-term” place change, if mandatory. That’s a departure from earlier within the winter, when his sturdy choice was to stay at shortstop. Heyman provides that Story is prioritizing signing with a win-now group.
It’s not clear which different golf equipment stay out there, although the Twins and Mariners are among the many golf equipment which have expressed curiosity all through the offseason. Minnesota’s curiosity got here to mild earlier within the week, after the Twins succeeded in unloading the rest of Josh Donaldson’s contract in a commerce with the Yankees (one other rumored Story suitor earlier this winter). The Twins might supply a transparent on a regular basis position at shortstop, but when Story is prioritizing a successful membership, it’s a little bit of a more durable promote for a 73-win Twins membership — even when they’ve acquired Sonny Grey and made another strikes signaling a need to contend in 2022.
The Mariners, in the meantime, hoped to signal Story to play second base earlier within the winter. With Story then apparently set on sticking at shortstop, the M’s acquired Eugenio Suarez alongside Jesse Winker in a take care of the Reds. Suarez and fellow offseason commerce acquisition Adam Frazier seem set to man third base and second base, respectively, although ever-active Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto might all the time search for some additional dealings to create extra alternative if he certainly covets Story.
It ought to be famous that whereas the phrases “short-term” don’t essentially imply that Story is open to a short-term deal simply but. As an illustration, the overall expectation is that Purple Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will decide out of the ultimate three years of his contract following the 2022 season. Story might technically signal a long-term deal in Boston, play second base for one season, after which slide over because the on a regular basis shortstop if an when Bogaerts departs. That’s a completely speculative state of affairs, to be clear, however one that’s pretty straightforward to check.
As for the Giants, they’ve typically proven an aversion to long-term, nine-figure contracts. Any take care of Story, then, would both require him to take a short-term pact of require an exception to the Farhan Zaidi-led entrance workplace’s philosophy on long-term commitments. Have been Story keen to alter positions, he might slide in at second base in San Francisco and push Tommy La Stella into a flexible utility position. Relying on Evan Longoria’s well being, Story might additionally conceivably spend a while on the scorching nook, teaming with Brandon Crawford to type a dynamic left-side protection.