There will be plenty of rumors regarding the landing spot of Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story via free agency this offseason, as there has been for months now. MLB Trade Rumors released their predictions for their top 50 free agents on Monday and Trevor Story was ranked eighth on their list.
The creator of MLBTR, Tim Dierkes, and writers Steve Adams and Anthony Franco all made their predictions for each of the 50 free agents and where they each believe they will land. However, for all 50 players, they only had one prediction for contract length and the monetary amount.
For Trevor Story, they predicted that he will get a six-year, $126 million deal. However, all three predicted a different team for him to go to.
MLB Trade Rumors predicted Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story will go to the Phillies, Rangers, or Astros.
MLB Trade Rumors predicted Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story will go to the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, or Houston Astros.
Dierkes went with the Phillies while Adams went with the Rangers and Franco went with the Astros.
The Phillies definitely have the money to get Story and they need a shortstop as a) Didi Gregorius is a free agent and b) Gregorius was not that good in 2021. They are also playoff contenders but they haven’t been able to get over the hump into the playoffs in nearly a decade.
The rumors around Story and the Phillies are not new, though, as Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry reported over a month ago.
The Rangers and Astros are not surprising either. Story is from the Arlington area so he would be at home in the nearby suburb of Irving, Texas. Back in August, we spoke with Story about what it’s like for him to play at home. The problem is that Story has also expressed that he wants to win and even with adding him to their roster, the Rangers still would not be anywhere close to playoff contention.
That’s where Houston could be the best fit. He would still be fairly close to home, they have a need (they will likely lose Carlos Correa this offseason via free agency), they have the money, and the Astros are perennial playoff contenders. In the last five seasons, the Astros have been to the World Series three times and the ALCS in every season.
Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry examined the fit with Story and Houston yesterday.
All three teams would be fits for Story but Houston should be viewed as the clear frontrunner for a lot of reasons but it’s the offseason and it’s baseball. Anything could happen, especially when the Collective Bargaining Agreement could throw a big wrench into offseason plans for numerous teams.