With the Colorado Rockies’ host duties surrounding the 2021 MLB All-Star Game in the rearview mirror, it sounds like the trade market for All-Star shortstop Trevor Story is heating up.
Here are the latest trade rumors involving Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story
According to an article by Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, multiple teams have “engaged” with the Rockies about a potential trade for Story. Sources tell Saunders the number of teams could be upwards of six or eight, but Rockies interim general manager Bill Schmidt told Saunders that that number is “a little high.”
Still, as expected, teams are starting to ramp up the interest in Story as the July 30 trade deadline draws ever closer. While Saunders didn’t name any of the teams that have reached out to the Rockies, franchises such as the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A’s, and Cincinnati Reds have been linked to a potential Story deal in recent weeks. Additionally, Francisco Lindor’s injury has potentially and suddenly thrust the New York Mets into the Story sweepstakes spotlight as well.
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Story’s contract with the Rockies expires at the end of the season and it’s almost a foregone conclusion that Story will not resign with Colorado. Schmidt has indicated that the Rockies may hold onto Story for the remainder of the season and throw a qualifying offer to him after the campaign has concluded. Could what Colorado receives in the draft via the resulting qualifying offer pick from the team that signs Story be enough to offset what the Rockies would gain in a potential trade?
There has also been talk that some teams might be hesitant to trade for Story without some guarantee that he will be with their squad longer than just this season. At worst, a team that trades for Story would have him through the rest of the 2021 regular season and postseason before he could potentially explore the free agent market ahead of the 2022 season.
At 41-53 heading into Tuesday night’s home game against Seattle, the Rockies are thought to be sellers with assets such as Story and pitchers Jon Gray and Mychal Givens are potential targets for other teams. However, Schmidt has been adamant that the Rockies “are not a farm system for other people.” Will that keep the Rockies from dealing Story? We’ll know soon enough.