Through 62 games, the 2021 season has not necessarily gone according to plan for the Texas Rangers. Despite a hot start to the year and the unforeseen emergence of guys like Adolis Garcia and Kyle Gibson as potential All-Stars, the Rangers have limped out to a 23-39 record.
They’re 9-23 on the road, 1-9 in their last 10, and firmly sit in last place in the American League West. While there’s still plenty of baseball left to be played (100 games, to be exact), it definitely feels like we’re destined for yet another trade deadline filled with “selling” off pieces.
With that in mind, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the 2022 offseason, and how the Rangers might be able to reconstruct their core moving forward. This upcoming free agency period is set to be a rather big one due to the historic amount of shortstop talent set to be available, and the one that the Texas Rangers have the closest ties to just revealed that he’s almost assuredly going to test the waters as a free agent this winter.
In a recent post on MLB Trade Rumors, it was revealed that Trevor Story has indicated that he won’t be looking to re-sign with the Colorado Rockies, despite their status as the team that drafted him. The Rockies have been trending in the wrong direction for quite some time now, and the recent dealing of Nolan Arenado to St. Louis signaled the start of a full tear-down beginning to take place.
Future Texas Rangers FA target Trevor Story doesn’t plan on re-signing with the Rockies.
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This is all relevant to the Rangers due to Story’s upbringing. He played high school ball in Irving, Texas, and there’s a quiet sense of optimism around the Rangers organization that Story would entertain the idea of returning to Texas to round out his MLB playing career. Not only would the Rangers welcome the addition of someone as good as Story (career .868 OPS, 23.2 WAR), but they could use some added star power to their roster.
They’ve been milking the Joey Gallo thing for quite some time now, and he’s facing an uncertain trade deadline himself.
Landing Story is a long shot – it would require some serious luck and a whole ton of money, but him not re-upping with Colorado is a good start to the process. It at least gives the Texas Rangers front office an opportunity to recruit the 2x Silver Slugger.