Red Sox Target #1: Trevor Story
This is one that feels like it could happen pretty soon after the lockout ends as there was some smoke to the rumor fire between the two sides. In the days before things shut down, it was made known that the Red Sox had set their sights on Trevor Story to fill their carousel at second base. Now I’m sure some of you might be scratching your heads here but it all makes sense in the long run.
Xander Bogaerts is likely to opt-out after the season in order to sign a new contract with the Red Sox to finish out his playing days in Boston. It’s been said that he’d be willing to move to second base if the Sox wanted to bring in a big-name shortstop, mainly Carlos Correa if I had to guess, in order to open the spot in the lineup.
I don’t think Story is a big enough name for X to still want to move, so this could mean the former Rockies player would be calling second base his home. This would allow Alex Cora an everyday wuality starter while allowing Christian Arroyo to continue to develop and grow. As much as I love Arroyo, injuries have taken away plenty of playing time away from him and I just don’t know if he’s reliable.
Spotrac has Story’s Market Value listed at a $29.8M AAV which could also be too rich for Chaim’s budget. If they did ink something I could see Bloom shooting for something in the range of $23-25M for a handful of years. It gets the infielder a big raise and secures the position for the foreseeable future, a win-win. Adding Story to the infield alongside Bogey and Rafael Devers is a recipe for success.