Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story has been drawing a lot of interest (or at least rumors) in the last week or so and, surprisingly, some teams seemingly are interested in having Story play another position (center field, in particular).
One of the teams that are in that camp is the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network on Twitter. Heyman said that the Brewers have checked in on Story because they want an impact bat. While Story has had a down year at the plate, he still could be that impact bat for the Brewers, a team that has had some issues at the plate.
Overall, entering Tuesday, they have a 90 wRC+ on the season, which is 23rd in baseball and that has improved recently. From April 1 through May 31, the only team that had a worse wRC+ than the Brewers (78) was the Rockies (70). Since then, they have a team wRC+ of 103, which is 14th in that span.
As we discussed in this article this past weekend, the Brewers could be one team that is interested in having Story be a center fielder. Since then, we found out that the San Diego Padres were at least one team that was interested in making Story a center fielder before they acquired infielder/outfielder Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Instead, the Milwaukee Brewers could Trevor Story as a third baseman
The Milwaukee Brewers are likely going to activate their former All-Star center fielder Lorenzo Cain off the IL on Tuesday so they probably wouldn’t use Story as their everyday center fielder.
As our friends over at Reviewing The Brew discussed yesterday in this article, the Brewers could be looking for an upgrade at third base. Story has not played a major league game at third base before but he has played some third base in the minor leagues so that isn’t as surprising as a move to center field.
Currently, the Brewers have Luis Urias as their everyday third baseman. Overall on the season, Urias .236 with an OPS of .751, which amounts to a wRC+ of 104. However, Urias is currently in an 0-for-12 skid and hitting .197 with a .675 OPS in July. His resume also doesn’t compare to Story’s.
Milwaukee likely wouldn’t be able to resign Story to a long-term deal so the Brewers still could keep Urias, 23, and possibly use him as their third baseman next season.
The Brewers have some company in the Trevor Story sweepstakes, though, as the deadline looms on Friday.