The trade proposals might be better than the Rockies trade for Nolan Arenado.
This is the bigger package of the two and it’s bigger because it would give the Rangers a “window” to extend Story. There would be no guarantee that they would extend Story but the opportunity would hinge upon Story agreeing to talk with Texas during the season about an extension.
If he (and his agent) would not agree upon it, the deal would be a little bit less.
So let’s discuss the players in the deals.
The Rockies will likely be looking to trade Givens this year as they are Story. Givens is obviously not as big of a name but considering that the Rangers are in desperate need of bullpen help and Givens is a free agent after the season, the Rockies are going to try to dump his salary.
In return, the Rockies would get four players and, in our opinion, it would be a better return than the Rockies got for Nolan Arenado.
Shortstop Anderson Tejeda and right-handed pitcher DeMarcus Evans would be the two guys in both deals.
Tejeda, the 22-year-old switch hitter, made his MLB debut with Texas last year and in his short stint in the majors (23 games), he played well. So he could take over for Story at shortstop if the Rockies decide not to move Brendan Rodgers or Garrett Hampson to shortstop. Tejeda can also play second and third base as well. Entering 2021, he is the Rangers #12 prospect. On MLB.com’s scouting scale of 20 to 80, this is how he ranks.
- Hit: 45
- Run: 50
- Field: 60
- Power: 55
- Arm: 70
- Overall: 50