The future of Trevor Story in a Colorado Rockies uniform is seemingly a contradiction in and of itself. It’s both murky and clear at the same time as the days inch closer and close to Major League Baseball’s July 30 trade deadline.
It’s clear that Story is unsure of what his future holds, and in which uniform he’ll be playing in the final two months of the 2021 MLB season. What about 2022 and beyond? That’s another question in and of itself.
Will any of Story’s games past July 30, however, be in a Rockies uniform? If you’re placing bets based on words and body language, it seems highly unlikely past the end of the 2021 season.
When he returned from the injured list following elbow inflammation, Story was asked if he would like to stay with the Rockies. His first four words were telling: “We’ll see what happens.”
Those four words from Trevor Story give insight into his future with the Colorado Rockies.
Here’s the question and answer during a postgame interview following a Colorado loss at the Miami Marlins that caught our attention.
"Question: “Do you want to stay with the Rockies?”Answer: “We’ll see what happens. It’s tough for me to say right now, but we’ll see.”"
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“We’ll see what happens.” It’s a different tone than what we heard from Jon Gray when we asked him that question recently. While Gray and Story are expected to draw plenty of attention from other teams, however, their level of comfort with the organization seems to be different as well. While Gray chuckles when he says, “it can be hard to find guys that love to pitch at Coors,” Story has seen first-hand recently how stars on the left side of Colorado’s infield (Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado) can not only leave the organization, but also move on with plenty of hard feelings packed along for the journey.
The Rockies and Story have three real paths that lie ahead. First, the Rockies can trade Story before the July 30 trade deadline and try to get the best return possible. Second, the Rockies can hold on to Story and put a one-year qualifying offer out there for Story, which he can accept or reject. If he rejects it and signs with another team, the Rockies would receive a compensatory draft pick from the team that signs Story. Third (and the most unlikely of the three since the Rockies would receive nothing in return for Story), Story can walk away from the Rockies at the end of the 2021 season (and the end of his contract) and test free agency.
With sources stating that Story has no interest in re-signing with Colorado, “we’ll see what happens” could be the best answer that Story can give to a question about his future with the Rockies. He doesn’t know when or if the team will trade him so the possibilities of what come next are left to the rumor mill and “what if” scenarios.
Could the Rockies and New York Yankees be Trevor Story trade partners? We’ve discussed that possibility here.
What about the Rockies and Oakland A’s putting together a Trevor Story trade? It’s certainly possible as we’ve discussed.
“We’ll see what happens” are words that Story used to describe his future in Colorado, but they’re also very fitting for what will happen over the next few days and weeks as teams continue to talk with the Rockies about acquiring him.