Losing Trevor Story: D-
This grade may be a bit too harsh or a bit too generous, depending on your point of view.
The Rockies wanted to keep Trevor Story. We know that they were willing to give him more than the six years and $140 million that he got from the Red Sox so it was his decision to leave.
However, Story’s relationship with the team’s higher brass started to fall apart after they didn’t add anything of note for their 2018 playoff team or after. Story is very good friends with Nolan Arenado and Arenado made it clear he wasn’t happy with the higher-ups either. That’s why they traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals in February 2021.
In 2021, Story wasn’t happy when he wasn’t traded at the trade deadline and not because he wanted out of Colorado but because he thought that the team could get something to help them win in the future. Instead, all they have is a comp draft pick.
So it was Story’s decision to leave but it was because he had had enough of the Rockies front office and ownership. He also wants to win and the Rockies are not a playoff contender. The Red Sox are perennial playoff contenders.