Colorado Rockies free agent shortstop Trevor Story has a negligible chance to return to Colorado, at best, especially with the Rockies signing another free agent shortstop themselves in José Iglesias.
There have been a number of teams that have been linked to him for months. They include the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, and a few others at various points in the last calendar year.
However, the Yankees have a new shortstop in Isaiah Kiner-Falefa. The Rangers got both Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. The Astros are angling themselves to re-sign Carlos Correa.
But there’s one team that could be angling themselves to sign Trevor Story that got very little traction before: the Minnesota Twins.
The Minnesota Twins are interested in free agent shortstop Trevor Story
According to Dan Hayes of The Athletic (subscription required), the Minnesota Twins have been in contact with Colorado Rockies free agent shortstop Trevor Story.
The Twins have been wheeling and dealing a lot since the start of the weekend. They traded catcher Mitch Garver to Texas for infielder Isaiah Kiner-Falefa and pitching prospect Ronny Henriquez.
Within a day and a half, though, the Twins flipped Kiner-Falefa to the Yankees. They traded third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Ben Rortvedt in the deal as well for catcher Gary Sanchez and infielder Gio Urshela. In the deal, the Yankees are taking on Donaldson’s contract ($50 million).
In addition, the Twins traded for starting pitcher Sonny Gray from the Cincinnati Reds.
Particularly with trading Kiner-Falefa and Donaldson (and freeing themselves of that contract), the Twins have cleared themselves for Story to play shortstop.
With Story, the Twins could have Luis Arraez (a great contact hitter) settle in at one position, instead of bouncing around the diamond like he did in 2021. Story would be at shortstop and Jorge Polanco would remain at second base. Miguel Sano would remain at first base, Sanchez and catching prospect Ryan Jeffers would split the catching duties, and Urshela would be on the bench.
Only time will tell whether or not the Twins actually sign Story but the possible landing spots for him are starting to dry up. The Twins are trying to make some moves to clear payroll and get better at the same time so perhaps, it only looks like they are clearing payroll so they can get Trevor Story to cap off their offseason and try to win the very winnable AL Central.