Trade rumors have been swirling around Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story, but one Major League Baseball analyst says a Story trade doesn’t make sense for the Rockies at the moment.
Speaking on MLB Network Radio on Monday, former New York Mets general manager and current MLB analyst Jim Duquette tackled the topic of the Colorado Rockies trading shortstop Trevor Story. With plenty of teams that would like to have Story’s services and the All-Star shortstop’s contract with the Rockies set to expire after the 2021 campaign, many are wondering what the future holds for the 28-year-old Story in Denver.
While Duquette sympathized with those who think it’s time for Colorado to trade Story if the Rockies are not able to sign him to a long-term deal, he also doesn’t believe that the Rockies will get back fair value for Story, who put together yet another solid season in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.
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Part of that fair value discussion has to do with many teams unsure of what the economic climate will look like for the 2021 season and when (or if) fans can return to Major League stadiums. Many teams are already looking to lower costs where they can, a point hammered home by the fact that only seven of the top 40 free agents (ranked by The Athletic) have signed, and two of those accepted a qualifying offer as Andy McCullough laid out in this article (subscription required).
Would another team be ready right now to sign Story to a big contract and give up MLB talent and/or high-level prospects in return? Duquette does not believe so.
"“I am very skeptical, if they move him (Story), that they could maximize what they get back in return,” Duquette said."
Duquette also discussed trading Story (in his prime) in comparison with the deal that sent former Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (in decline, according to Duquette) to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. He also discussed how he doesn’t believe Colorado wants to part ways with Story.
"“I don’t think, when push comes to shove, that Jeff Bridich has any desire to do it,” Duquette hypothesized about a potential Story trade."
You can hear all of his thoughts on the subject below.
While the rumors will continue to swirl about the potential trade market for Story and third baseman Nolan Arenado, Colorado manager Bud Black has gone on record saying that he believes both players will be on Colorado’s 2021 Opening Day roster.