Colorado Rockies: Are the Chicago White Sox really a fit for Trevor Story?

Apr 30, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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There are a lot of teams that would love to have Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story on their team. There are also a lot of teams that need a shortstop for the stretch run. But are the Chicago White Sox one of those teams that fall into the latter category?

The simple answer is no.

The Chicago White Sox have the best record in the American League Central as they are ahead of the Cleveland Indians (who are in second place) by six games. They also have Tim Anderson, the 2019 AL batting champion, who is playing well in 2021 (1.7 rWAR and 103 OPS+) as their everyday shortstop for this year and years to come.

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But the Chicago White Sox are apparently interested in Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (subscription required), the Chicago White Sox are interested in trading for Trevor Story … to play him at second base.

That is rather peculiar since Story has never played a single MLB game at any other position on the field besides shortstop. However, he did play 29 games at second base (and 73 at third base) in the minor leagues. He most recently played both positions in 2015, in both Double-A and Triple-A.

The White Sox lost their second baseman of the future, Nick Madrigal, for the season with hamstring surgery, and since, his replacements have had a wRC+ of 83, which is 23rd in baseball in that span.

The White Sox aren’t in dire need of offense, though, as they are 6th in team OPS+ at 106.

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The White Sox would probably be best to look at someone with more playing time at second base (e.g. Arizona’s Eduardo Escobar) or some bullpen and/or back of the rotation pieces Both have been very good overall but they do have a few pitchers that have not had great results this year.

So could the White Sox be a fit for Story? Perhaps, but it would be more of fitting a square peg in a round hole, when there are a handful of teams that need a shortstop (perhaps the Cincinnati Reds?).

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