The Boston Red Sox took a big swing in free agency this offseason, signing free agent shortstop Trevor Story to a six-year deal worth $140 million. Story, who is an All-Star caliber shortstop, arrived in Boston with some question marks alongside him, as the club already has a more-than-capable shortstop in Xander Bogaerts. Story spoke about a possible move to second base and his potential fit alongside Bogaerts after his signing in Boston was made official Wednesday, via ESPN.
“He reached out to me. We talked on the phone for a little bit. He didn’t have to do that,” Story said. “I think it just kind of shows his character and speaks to the kind of guy that he is. He wants to win. He wanted me to come here, and that made me feel comfortable off the jump.”
Bogaerts actually reached out to Story and recruited him to come to the Red Sox. That is an unexpected move by the incumbent Boston shortstop, especially when it comes to recruiting his potential future replacement in Story.
However, as Story said, it shows that Bogaerts is committed to winning. The former Colorado Rockies All-Star also notably said that he would be comfortable playing second base, where he has yet to log a single inning in the big leagues.
That Story is willing to move to second is big for Boston, as he and Bogaerts will now form one of the better middle infields from an offensive perspective. Story, who owns a career .863 OPS and Bogaerts, who sports a .812 OPS, both offer a strong blend of average, power and baserunning skills that will instantly make the Red Sox offense better.
That’s huge for the Red Sox as they try to compete in a loaded American League East division.