Rockies star Trevor Story’s trade market, revealed
Colorado Rockies star shortstop Trevor Story might be among the most notable MLB trade deadline targets, but his market is becoming hard to predict.
The 2021 MLB trade deadline is just one month away, and Story is a prime candidate to be traded. Colorado is not in any position to contend, while Story has said he has no interest in re-signing with the Rockies when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
There are complications, though. Jeff Passan of ESPN noted the shortstops on most first-place teams are all stars. These include the likes of Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa, among others.
Additionally, teams that seem like ideal fits for Story–notably the Oakland Athletics–might not have a concerted interest in trading from their prospect capital to acquire him:
“The most obvious fit is Oakland, and yet sources told ESPN that the A’s are unlikely to play in the Story market, even with veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus playing better but still among the least-productive at the position in all of baseball,” Passan wrote.
Passan suggested the New York Yankees could be a suitor given Gleyber Torres’ struggles both at the plate and especially with the glove. Yet, the Yankees might prioritize adding a true center fielder and rotation depth. The St. Louis Cardinals are another interesting fit, but it’s unlikely the Cardinals send Story there after trading Nolan Arenado to the Redbirds in the offseason.
The clouded market is not an indictment of Story’s talent. He is a five-tool shortstop who still seems to have tremendous upside.
However, his market is not quite as fruitful as it appeared to be during the offseason.