Trevor Story is broadly seen as one of many high commerce candidates in baseball, and if the Rockies don’t transfer him previous to the July 30 commerce deadline, they reportedly can’t rely on him returning as a free agent for 2022 and past. Story doesn’t plans to re-sign with the Rox when he hits the open market this winter, sources inform Patrick Saunders of The Denver Submit.
The 2 sides hadn’t mentioned an extension as of February 23, in accordance with Story, although it isn’t identified if any negotiations passed off throughout March and even past Opening Day. That mentioned, given the quantity of debate that might go into understanding a long-term deal value properly north of $200MM, the truth that the Rockies had but to broach the topic even by late February of Story’s stroll 12 months may very well be seen as an indication that the group wasn’t relying on Story sticking round.
Frankly, it might be extra shocking if Story did have designs on a return to Denver, contemplating that the Rockies are struggling via one other shedding season and appear nearer to a rebuild than a return to rivalry. Interim GM Invoice Schmidt instructed Saunders and different reporters that the group has been displaying some enchancment on the sector, and felt that the Rockies have been only a few clutch hits away from having a significantly better file than their present 24-36 mark. Even when Colorado was a couple of video games nearer to the second NL wild card slot than its present 10.5-game deficit, nonetheless, that also shouldn’t change the equation about how the Rockies appear overdue to reshuffle their roster.
Regardless, it’s clear that the Rockies haven’t publicly thrown within the towel on the 2021 season simply but, as Schmidt mentioned that it’s “not essentially” the case that Story or Jon Grey can be dealt. Commerce dialogue has but to select up on the whole, as Schmidt mentioned that “some golf equipment have reached out and expressed (curiosity), if we get to that time. However there has probably not been something to speak about…There may be nothing actually to observe up on.”
Saunders doesn’t really feel the group would transfer Story previous to the All-Star Recreation in Denver, so it would possible be over a month earlier than commerce hypothesis can actually start in earnest on Story, Grey, or some other Rockies. Plus, Story has to take step one of simply getting again on the sector, because the shortstop has been on the 10-day injured record since Could 28 (retroactively) as a result of proper elbow irritation. Colorado supervisor Bud Black instructed MLB.com’s Thomas Harding and different reporters that Story is predicted to be prepared for the beginning of the Rockies’ collection with the Marlins on Tuesday.
When and if Story’s commerce market picks up, each MLB Network’s Jon Morosi and USA At the moment’s Bob Nightengale count on the Athletics to be concerned. Oakland is main the AL West regardless of getting sub-replacement participant worth from Elvis Andrus at shortstop, as Andrus is hitting solely .214/.259/.273 via 201 plate appearances. Most of these struggles have been contained to the primary month of the season, as Andrus has hit a extra respectable .295/.337/.385 over 83 PA from Could 7 to June 5, however there may be little doubt Story can be a a lot greater improve for an A’s group that has postseason aspirations.
Payroll can be a significant component in any potential Story/Oakland deal, because the shortstop is owed $17.5MM for the 2021 season and can nonetheless have roughly $5.92MM in remaining wage by late July. Whereas it doesn’t look like an enormous splurge for an All-Star shortstop, it stays to be seen what the budget-conscious A’s have accessible to spend, or in the event that they really feel the worth of getting Story for a World Sequence push is value each the wage outlay and the prospects the A’s can be sending to Colorado in a commerce.