If we’re going off what Story desires in a free agency destination, things do appear to be trending towards a match between the Rockies All-Star and the Rangers.
In a recent interview with FanSided’s Rox Pile site (covering the Colorado Rockies), site expert Kevin Henry had the opportunity to ask Story what he values going into the open market. One of those values?
Geography. That’ll work.
Here’s what Story told Rox Pile:
"“I’ve always said that winning is at the top for me, and culture and environment,” Story said. “Obviously geography. There are a bunch of different things that go into it, a lot of those that we will hold close to our vest.”"
Trevor Story is considering “geography” in his free agency decision, which could put the Texas Rangers at the top of his list
The Rangers can’t exactly offer “winning” to the 28-year-old shortstop at the moment, but they can offer those other things he mentions, such as culture, environment and… geography. Oh, and money. Do you think Trevor Story wants to be paid? Texas can afford him.
Story, of course, hails from the DFW area, specifically Irving, Texas. He grew up watching the Rangers and attended games at the old Globe Life Park. And by our measures, he seemed to fully enjoy playing within the confines of spacious Globe Life Field. Perhaps the hometown angle is the geography draw he was referring to in the quote. At the very least, it can’t hurt.
Admittedly, Story’s home/road splits playing at Coors Field has definitely affeted my opinion of him as a viable free agent target, though I can’t deny the fact that he’d be an instant upgrade to an otherwise barren Texas Rangers roster. In fact, he might even be the best player on the roster upon signing, barring any other major transactions.
He also wouldn’t come at the same prohibitive cost that might be attached to a name like Carlos Correa or Corey Seager. But the Rangers are here to spend money, right?
At the end of the day, Trevor Story makes a ton of sense of the Texas Rangers in free agency. He would check a lot of his boxes here, especially that geography one. It’ll ultimately come down to whether he values winning or money more in the end, however.