The Rangers are in dire need of offense for their depleted lineup. Another local boy could be added to the mix of rumored players headed to the Texas Rangers. Trevor Story is from Irving, TX and would make an excellent addition to the Rangers infield.
Here is a deep dive into Trevor Story, the player.
Drafted by Colorado Rockies, 2011, Round C-A, #45 Overall
MLB Years Active : 6
Why is Trevor Story available to the Texas Rangers?
After being drafted in 2011, Story played parts of five seasons in the MILB in the Rockies organization. At age 23, Story made his MLB debut with the Rockies.
After five years of service in the MLB, Story became a free agent.
According to baseball-reference.com, Story was paid $18.5M to play in 2021.
Do the Rockies want Story back?
It sounds like the Rockies want Story to return. The Rockies did extend a qualifying offer to Story. If he elects to sign with a team besides the Rockies, that team will forfeit a pick in the 2022 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
He just turned 29 and is in the prime of his career. The biggest problem I see is the cost it will take for the Rockies, or any other team for that matter, to sign a player of Story’s caliber.
In 2021, Story had a down year with a .251 BA, 24 HR, 75 RBI and 20 SB.
He can play very good defense at a difficult position. According to mlb.com, Story has only made 66 errors at SS during his career and has a .979 Fielding %.
If Story decides to leave the Rockies, the qualifying offer they made will allow them to obtain a C-A draft pick from the team that signs him.
Why would the Texas Rangers want Story?
Trevor Story would solidify the infield for the Texas Rangers. With Josh Jung likely to start the year at 3B, Story could help mentor the rookie phenom. Isiah Kiner-Falefa would move over to 2B and Nathaniel Lowe would continue to play 1B. Nick Solak could be a utility player for the Rangers as he could play anywhere in the infield or outfield if need be.
What would it take to sign him?
According to Chris Bachman, a contributor for this site, a contract for 8 years/$200M is what it will likely take to land Story. I’m not sure the Rangers will want to go for the eight years. That will put Story at 37 by the end of his contract. I believe that the Rangers will go 6 years/$180M with club options on one or two additional years.
What is the likelihood of the Texas Rangers landing Trevor Story?
According to the above tweet, it sounds like Trevor Story is saying good-bye to the Rockies fans. If that is in fact the case, Trevor Story could be in a Rangers uniform for 2022 and beyond.