When the Texas Rangers signed both Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to long-term contracts in free agency prior to the 2021-22 MLB lockout, many assumed (us included) that those moves would be the extent of the team’s shopping in that area of the middle infield market.
Well, if any of these latest rumors prove to be true, it’s a brand new ballgame for Jon Daniels and Chris Young in the Trevor Story sweepstakes. According to multiple reports, the Irving, TX native is drawing Rangers interest once again.
Are the Texas Rangers re-entering the Trevor Story free agent market?
Story was mentioned as a fit for Texas seemingly from the beginning prior to the team signing Semien and Seager instead. And on paper, the fit no longer exists for the Rangers and Story. But with the report that Story might be willing to make a positional change this season (OF?), Texas could all of a sudden re-emerge as a viable contender for the former Colorado Rockie.
In the aftermath of Carlos Correa signing with the Minnesota Twins for three years and $105 million early Saturday, that left Story as the top free agent shortstop remaining in what was a loaded class this off-season, and he’s now looking for closure on his future.
Should the Texas Rangers sign the All-Star shortstop, he would probably have to take an outfield spot or play third base, both places on the field where the team still has deficiencies, with Corey Seager locked in at shortstop. For players of Trevor Story’s caliber, you find the space on the roster to accommodate them, and surely the Rangers would do just that.
An off-season in which Texas lands three of the big-name shortstops would be nothing short of historic. And to potentially do so without surrendering any prospect capital would be an absolute coup.
Just the sheer fact that the Rangers are still in on Trevor Story is very exciting!