Now that Carlos Correa has signed with the Minnesota Twins, Trevor Story’s free agent market is a bit clearer. The former Colorado Rockies shortstop reportedly has interest from the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, the Texas Rangers (again), and now, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the New York Yankees and Houston Astros (again).
The New York Yankees and Houston Astros are interested in Trevor Story … again
As we discussed in this article earlier today, the rumor mill has come full circle for Trevor Story and this continues it. The New York Yankees and Houston Astros are, once again, interested in Trevor Story.
The Minnesota Twins were interested in Story until the price started to increase with other suitors coming into the fray, per Heyman. Then, they pivoted to Carlos Correa and got him.
The Yankees now have a shortstop in Isaiah Kiner-Falefa, who was traded by the Rangers to the Twins who flipped him to the Yankees within two days but he has experience at other positions so he could be a super-utility guy or even their catcher, as his primary position in 2019 was catcher. Story, then, could be their primary shortstop.
For the Astros, they were gunning after Carlos Correa but they came up empty. As a result, the player at the top of the depth chart for them at shortstop is Jeremy Peña.
Peña, 24, is one of the top prospects in the entire sport (Baseball Prospectus has had him in their top 100 in each of the last three seasons, including #12 entering 2022) but he only has 30 games played at Triple-A and only played in 37 games in 2021 due to wrist surgery.
If Story is willing to have a contract similar to that of Correa (a three-year deal with opt-outs after year one and year two), perhaps the Yankees or Houston would be willing to use him as a stop-gap.
Seemingly, Story does not want to return to the Colorado Rockies but the Rockies would likely be interested in that type of contract too.
As it stands, Story is the best free agent remaining on the market and the Yankees and Astros are at the forefront of the rumors since he would play shortstop for them and not the other teams. That may be the deciding factor for him on signing with a team as winter officially gives way to spring on Sunday.