According to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, former Colorado Rockies shortstop and current free agent Trevor Story “doesn’t want to switch positions.” However, “that could change” depending on where Story goes.
Trevor Story wants to continue to play shortstop in 2022 and beyond
Some scouts have been concerned with Trevor Story’s arm strength, partially due to his lack of it in 2021 and his elbow injury (right elbow inflammation, to be exact) that cost him about two weeks of play at the end of May and into the first part of June.
But when he is healthy, Story is one of the best shortstops in baseball, if not the best.
Story has never played any other position besides shortstop (and DH) in the majors but, in the minors, he played 73 games at third base and 29 at second base but he hasn’t played either position since 2015. He has never played in the outfield.
Despite the injury in 2021, Story is still a very defensive shortstop as he had 9 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) in 2021. Since he has been in the majors (since 2016), he has had 14, 12, 7, 21, 6, and 9 DRS in each season. The lowest (6) was also in the 2020 season that was shortened to just 60 games due to the pandemic.
For Story, despite the number of teams being interested in him likely shrinking if he only wants to play shortstop, there are still a number of teams with a need at the position. They include the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, and Chicago Cubs.
If his market is still where it should be, Story could still get a six-year deal in the $125-$150 million range but if his market craters, he could look to another team to play another position or, perhaps, even return to the Colorado Rockies on a short term deal.