Trevor Story signs with the Boston Red Sox
Breaking news, Red Sox Nation, Trevor Story is coming to Boston! That’s right, the saga has come to an end and we can finally shut the book and whether or not Chaim Bloom would sign a big free agent. The former Colorado Rockies star will now be calling Fenway Park his home as USA Today’s Bob Nightengale was the first with the signing this morning.
Ken Rosenthal has reported that the contract is for 6-years/$140M and Jim Bowden has confirmed that Story will be moving to second base. Yesterday, current second baseman Christian Arroyo said he’d move anywhere the Red Sox needed him to in order to make room for Story, and that’s now a reality.
Bringing in Story is a big move for the Red Sox and more importantly Chaim Bloom. Bloom has been poorly talked about by a section of the fanbase for his unwillingness to spend recklessly on free agents.
It’s almost as if these same fans have forgotten the issues the team found themselves in when they used that strategy. At the end of the day, this is a big get for Bloom and the Red Sox and should instantly make them a better team going forward.
For Story, he’s another chapter in the confusing tale of the Rockies not wanting to pay for their homegrown players. Colorado’s loss is absolutely Boston’s gain as his bat and defense will make this lineup even more dangerous than it already is. He ranked 13th overall for shortstops with a 3.5 WAR, per FanGraphs. His glove landed him fourth overall in MLB thanks to his 9.7 defensive ranking.
I love me some Christian Arroyo but Story is an instant upgrade, even if he’s not as familiar with the position, his defensive capabilities and talent will ease the learning curve. Having him and Bogey covering the middle of the diamond should lead to some awesome double plays and an overall massive haul of Web Gems. Story will also raise up the sometimes miserable infield defense of the Red Sox easily plugging a leak in the lineup.
The two-time All-Star posted a .251/.329/.471 slash in 2021 while adding in 35 doubles, 24 homers, and 75 RBI. Boston already has an offense that can batter a pitcher into retirement and adding another lethal bat will only make nights worse for the opposition. He also has one of the prettiest home run swings in the game today and the thought of him launching balls over the Green Monster should get fans excited.
I for one am thrilled about the signing and can’t wait to see what he can do in this lineup. Granted it creates more questions than answers for the future, but for now, it looks like the Red Sox may have found their next second baseman, at least until the kids are ready to get called up. This team just got a hell of a lot scarier and now Boston is ready to fight once again to get back to the Fall Classic.