The Colorado Rockies could be trading their franchise player, shortstop Trevor Story, in the next few months since he is a free agent at the end of the season.
If the Rockies start of the season poorly or realize that they have nary a whisper in the wind to resign Story long-term, they will likely trade him.
But for the Rockies moving forward after Story, who are some of the players that they could call upon to replace Story at shortstop?
Today, we’ll check out the top five candidates that should be at the top of the list to replace Story, if he is traded.
The Rockies former number one prospect is slated to be the team’s everyday second baseman in 2021 since Ryan McMahon is sliding over to third base (his natural position) to replace Nolan Arenado.
For Brendan Rodgers, though, shortstop is his best and natural position.
In the minor leagues, he played 240 games at shortstop and just 85 games at second base.
If Rodgers can stay healthy and prove that his bat belongs in the major leagues, then there will be no issue in moving him over to shortstop. However, Rodgers still needs to prove both things but, perhaps, by the time Story is traded or hits the free-agent market, he can prove both of those things and claim the shortstop position.
The Rockies have plenty of players that could replace Rodgers at second base including Bret Boswell, some other players that are coming up on our list, or (gasp!) a major league free agent signing. I know that it seems like a foreign concept to the Rockies front office and fans would be forgiven if they even forgot that they can happen. But it *could* happen, in theory.