The Houston Astros could be the frontrunners for Trevor Story
Of the known things on Trevor Story’s list, the Astros are a fit for most, if not all, of them.
Winning: hey have been to the World Series three times in the last five years and the other two seasons, they got to the ALCS. Check.
Geography: Houston is about 250 miles away from his hometown of Irving, Texas, which is about a four hour drive away (or one hour flight). That’s as close as he’s going to get now that the Rangers have signed both Marcus Semien and Corey Seager. Check.
A “pretty close” roster: In terms of playoffs, that an obvious “check.” In terms of camaraderie? That’s unknown.
The team culture and environment, obviously, was not great in recent years with the sign stealing scandal but they have moved on from it with personnel (the firing of A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow) and mentally as well (as they showed in 2021).
They are also unlikely to re-sign Carlos Correa, who likely will demand a deal worth $350 million or more this offseason. Story will likely get around half of that or less. The Astros have one of the top payrolls in baseball but they would rather spend $350 million and address shortstop, starting pitching (assuming Justin Verlander’s contract becomes official, that is addressed), an outfielder, and likely, some bullpen help rather than in one place with Correa.