The New York Yankees have long had an interest in Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story or at least been discussed as a team that could use Story (they still aren’t a great fit for him) but the trade rumors still keep swirling around Story and the Yankees.
The New York Yankees have a few big issues if they acquire Trevor Story, though.
The New York Yankees’ biggest problem? They still aren’t that good with Trevor Story.
The New York Yankees have been an enigma all year and Trevor Story isn’t going to change that.
Story isn’t going to change the fact that the Yankees consistently have a dozen or more players on the injured list (entering Wednesday, it was 15 and they have activated three players off the IL in the last three days). Story isn’t going to fix the Yankees problems with Aroldis Chapman, who has had some epic collapses in the bullpen. Story isn’t going to fix the Yankees starting rotation.
There’s a reason why the Yankees are 9.5 games back in the AL East and they have been the most underachieving team in baseball in 2021: The New York Yankees aren’t that good.
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Sure, Story will help the Yankees but they also will have to do some juggling if they plan on playing him at shortstop. Gleyber Torres would move to second base and Story’s former teammate, DJ LeMahieu, would move to first base. Their regular first baseman, Luke Voit, is back on the IL and he hasn’t had a great season but he is the reigning AL home run champ.
If/when he returns, they can’t DH him either because they already have enough players that aren’t good defenders and/or are always injured that have to DH frequently (Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar, etc.)
The Yankees need a left-handed power bat that can play the field every day and is healthy and Trevor Story isn’t that.
The Rockies don’t need any more stop-gap guys in the major leagues and the Rockies don’t have the DH either so there’s an issue there. Also, the Yankees don’t seem like they are willing to offer anything for anybody. As Erik Boland of Newsday reported on Twitter, a lot of teams are not thrilled with the Yankees offers for other players and their farm system isn’t great either.
So are the Colorado Rockies going to trade Trevor Story to the New York Yankees? Perhaps, but it is not the move that the Yankees need … and frankly, it may not be the move that the Rockies should make either.