The Rangers are one of the latest clubs to be linked with free agent shortstop Trevor Story, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. On the surface, it might seem rather absurd that either the Rangers or Story would entertain a union. The Rangers, after all, have already signed two of the top free agent shortstops on the market in Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.
But the Rangers have a hole at third base right now, and if Story is indeed willing to entertain a position change and/or a short-term contract, which is the latest, then Story’s fit with in Texas is actually much smoother than it seems at first glance. Even if Story isn’t the target, the Rangers are known to be on the lookout for a third baseman, going so far as to approach the recently-retired Kyle Seager about the possibility of playing along his younger brother in Texas. Seager the elder kindly declined, the offer, however, per Jon Heyman of the MLB Network (via Twitter).
Beyond Story, there aren’t a lot of options left in free agency for the Rangers to add a third baseman. The players available – Jed Lowrie, Asdrubal Cabrera, Starlin Castro, Todd Frazier – are veterans who don’t necessarily upgrade on Texas’ in-house options. Right now, the Rangers would field a third base by committee approach while awaiting the arrival and good health of prospect Josh Jung. Even though he’s injured, Jung’s presence means that the Rangers might only be interested in securing Story if they can do so with a very short-term deal.
Without Story, Andy Ibanez, Nick Solak, and Brad Miller are all candidates to get regular playing time at the hot corner. The Rangers also recently signed Matt Carpenter and Charlie Culberson to minor league deals.
If the Rangers were to end up signing Story, it would be a fairly remarkable sequence events, not only because it would mean a 102-loss team signing three of the top free agent shortstops in a single offseason, but because of the sequence of events that have led the Rangers and Story to a place where this could even be possible.
It wasn’t long ago that the Rangers had Isiah Kiner-Falefa ready to return to the hot corner to be their regular third baseman. But when the Rangers traded Kiner-Falefa to the Twins for catcher Mitch Garver, the machinations of the offseason really kicked into high gear. Kiner-Falefa ended up as the Yankees’ pick at shortstop (at least for now), which opened up shortstop again in Minnesota, improbably, for a short-term pact with Carlos Correa. If Story is willing to take a deal similar in style to Correa’s, the Rangers could swoop in and be the beneficiary.
Of course, they’re not the only team with interest. The Yankees themselves have recently been tied to Story as well, despite their recent acquisition of Kiner-Falefa and Josh Donaldson. The Red Sox are also lurking, though like the Rangers, they’d ask Story to move off his preferred position.
Heyman suggests that the Yankees and Astros “likely have an edge” to sign Story because they would allow him to remain at shortstop. The Yankees had reportedly discussed a four-year contract with Correa that included opt-outs before he signed with Minnesota, per Andy Martino of SNY (via Twitter). A similar contract structure might be enough to reel in Story, assuming a more modest AAV. Story won’t come cheap, but he’ll be cheaper than Correa, which seems to be fueling the Yankees’ interest. All that said, it’s a bit of an overcrowded fit, with Anthony Rizzo now penciled in at first base, Giancarlo Stanton locking down the DH spot, and Gleyber Torres, Kiner-Falefa, and Donaldson already potentially cutting into DJ LeMahieu’s playing time.
The Rockies made one last call to Story before inking Kris Bryant, per The Athletic’s Nick Groke, but that door appears to be closed. From the same division, the Giants are the other team that have been mentioned as a potential suitor for Story. The Giants have Brandon Crawford at short, Evan Longoria at third, and Tommy La Stella at second, a trio that would certainly make room for Story, should that be his ultimate landing spot.
Story was having arm issues from SS starting in 2020. That would be exaggerated with a move to 3B.
Could move him to second and play Semien at 3rd. That would alleviate any arm concerns.
Not necessarily. Deep throws across your body from SS are the hardest throws to make in the infield. 3rd baseman have more time to plant and throw.
Most throws from 3B are shorter than throws from SS. You also have more time to properly set yourself for the throw which should reduce the strain on a person’s arm.
I still think he’d look good in a Cardinals uniform. Even better playing along side Nolan Arenaldo!!!
Hal won’t change course over a few headlines and frustrated fan tweets.
They should trade for Donaldson and IKF.
La Stella shouldn’t be counted on to contribute much. He is 33 years old, has only taken 300 at bats once in a season, and has barely 4 career WAR. Giants really need to make this happen. Shopping at the Goodwill is getting old, even if they had a very good regular season last year.
Story would fill the Giants problem at 2B and also give them the right hand bat much needed to replace Posey. Zaidi needs to make Story a priority signing.
Agree, Story – IF he’s willing to move – would be a good option for the Giants at 2nd. Don’t think his arm could fill SS or 3rd needs. Only see Farhan do it for 3 years or less
Kind of a disappointing offseason for the Yankees. They need pitching, pitching, and more pitching, and they could have traded Gallo to the Phillies for Nola, and then signed Castellanos to play LF. They could have bolstered the Voit package with some prospects and brought back Darvish from the Padres. They could still get Manea or Montas or Castillo for prospects, but they have to pull the frikkin’ trigger.
DD was never trading Nola for Gallo, much less straight-up
Fangraphs projects the Yankee pitching as best in the game at 21.6 and second in starting pitching to the Mets. Story give Cashman a top SS, and gives him the flexibility to move Gleyber, Falefa, and get more pitching if he wants. Story is a great fit on a short term deal
Ducky Buckin Fent
I think Yankee fan are just preconditioned to think we need, “pitching, pitching, & more pitching.”
Yanks ranked second in the AL in starter ERA in ’21. & it’s quite possible that we will get more out of Sevy than we did Kluber. Throw in a bullpen that goes 6+ deep & has absolutely no room for outside arms, & it’s pretty unfamiliar territory for us.
Our offense finished 19th in runs scored. & there is a Real Chance we won’t even be that “good” in ’22. Which is also unfamiliar territory.
I’m with you. Story would be Godsend to our club.
If Cashman whiffs on Story when he’s literally there for the taking, there’s nothing more to say.
What a disappointing off-season.
Ducky Buckin Fent
Well…I guess we will have said everything we can by some time today, Clip.
Ducky Buckin Fent
Not for everyone, @goastros123.
Twins fans – for example – aren’t disappointed. Going to be a little harder to work up the proper level of disdain for you guys without Correa.
I’m sure Twins fans are very happy and I’m happy for them.
Ducky Buckin Fent
Actually, I live in MN.
They don’t really seem to know that they’re supposed to be happy.
Ducky, as we’ve discussed I just cannot fathom the mentality of being just good enough. Story would alter the entire lineup because of speed/power threat, & defense. For Hal to save money at this stage, comparatively, is relative beans. But the opportunity to win is increased.
Ducky Buckin Fent
Hal loves his playoff loot.
& why not? It’s a straight profit, $20MM comeup per series. So. Seriously. At what point is Hal actually *leaving* money on the table in terms of being frugal in re free agent signings & bowing out sooner?
You know what I mean?
Hal’s mistake is continuing to let Cashman mismanage the budget.
There was slim to no chance Phils were trading Nola. They needed someone for center, but they need to hold onto the pitching they have way more.
Gallos HR or K is not what the Phils need.
Cashman is a fool.
Bart Harley Jarvis
When was a Nola-Gallo trade ever a possibility? No one sober and in a position of authority ever makes this trade.
You are completely delusional
What???? Please change your name! You are embarrassing most Yankee fans on here who actually do watch and understand the game and the value of each player.
Yeah, Yankees rotation is paper thin particularly with German out. If Sevy isn’t himself or hurt, rough season.
You Can Put It In The Books
Stevie Cohen lurks just around the corner, waiting to pounce.
If the Rangers get Story, the rumor is they’d stick him in LF. Which assumes that Ibanez and Miller take over 3B, which is a very solid platoon offensively (defensively is a different story).
You beat me by a matter of seconds my friend!
Wow, Story agreeing to 2nd base or even 3rd, but LF…..I guess if the money’s right he’d agree to be a bat boy but don’t think he really wants to play a position he’s never played before, especially on a short term contract with opt outs…to much opportunity for him to be average which is the last thing he wants going into another contract if he does indeed opt out….just my opinion.
If the Rangers get Story, they will likely play him 50% at 2B and 50% at 3B, same for Semien. If Seager gets hurt (he is kinda injury prone), Story goes to SS.
Why have one guy out of position, when you can have two?!
I just want Texas to sign one of Story, Soler or Conforto.
Also, if the rumors are true, we wouldn’t be signing Story for 3B. The whole reason this became a story is because our hitting coach’s son was secretly leaking Rangers info and he suggested we’d be signing him for LF.
Texas is going nowhere until they get more top pitching, right now they are tracking like the Angels!
Nick Pollack, one of the best fantasy baseball pitching analyst alive, maybe the best, really likes the Angels pitching. I see how you don’t see it. How can you possibly know about Lorenzen, Suarez, Sandoval, and Detmers.
You don’t know who they are, you don’t hear a lot of people talk about them and all you look at is the back of the baseball card stats.
Other than the back of the baseball card numbers, I didn’t know who Lorenzen was until I listened to Pollack, then I saw that change up yesterday. With his mid 90s heater, I did a 180, if he’s healthy, he’ll be solid.
Wouldn’t be the first time he’s higher than most on the Angels’ staff and that didn’t pan out before. But sure, maybe magic happens.
Lorenzen – hasn’t thrown 100 ips since 2015
Suarez – max was 117 in 2018, 98.1 MLB innings last year
Sandoval – Career high ips 122.1 in 2018, 87 MLB innings last year
Detmers – threw about 80 innings last year if you add up all levels
I know some of these guys are young and people will argue they were being protected or stretched out.
So sure, maybe all of these guys will produce well, stay healthy and manage to throw enough innings….I’m not counting on it.
I Liked Ohtani and Sandoval and Detmers last year. Yes very high on those guys last year when many others were not. If you are not high on those three now, you’re not paying attention.
Always high on Heaney, have no idea why he isn’t good, none.
I Certainly was not high on Cobb or Quintana.
I was higher on Bundy than most in 2020. Lower than most in 2021, but I didn’t think he’d be that bad.
Suarez, back end of the rotation starter. Thor, you decide, wild card, Lorenzen, a wild card with three good pitches.
This team has a chance to not be lost on the mound. I think they are in a much better position on the mound than the Rangers, but it’s not like I follow Ranger pitching.
Please don’t compare what the Angels are doing regarding upgrading their pitching staff to what the Rangers are doing.
Signing Story gives Texas even more opportunity to trade for pitching. We’re viewing 2023 as our window opening which leaves us plenty of time to find some arms and call up some of our arms.
Fire that kid!
Not sure why the Rangers are in the hunt for Story. While Jung is hurt, where do they put him when he is healthy late this year or next when they have Semien, Seager, and Story signed for several years? But then, they apparently are interested, so I guess they have something in mind.
I suspect that the Sox and Giants are the two best bets to land him. Both have the need and both are in very competitive divisions where the boost that signing Story might give them could mean the difference between making the playoffs and not.
Article does say Story is open to a short term/high $ with opt outs, contract like Correa’s. I assume the Rangers are looking at him like that.
Well, the Angels could use a good shortstop
That would be an interesting lineup and Arte Moreno has the money to get it done
Unless he signs a pillow contract, the Angels can’t afford him. The Angels are going to get hammered in arbitration next year and have to think about extending Ohtani.
The $28m from Upton coming off the books and next years arbitration are basically a wash or maybe a NET +2-5m in payroll. Not really “hammered” as you say. Just a swap of dollars from one LF to many players.
I thought Villar made a lot of sense for Texas. Would’ve given the Rangers three a guys who can move around the Diamond and really enviable depth once a Jung returns.
The Rangers should now trade for Kiner-Falefa to play 3B, lol
Hopefully the Astros sign him.
I was shocked Correa didn’t return Goastros.
Same. This is gonna hurt them next season. Cheating aside, I can’t help but think of game 6 2020 ALCS where Correa was able to calm Framber down. He was that guy for the Astros and they won’t have that next season. That doesn’t mean some one else can’t step up and be that guy, but until they do, they don’t have that guy. EVERY playoff team needs that guy. In fact, the Yankees used to have that guy and his name was Bernie Williams (not talked about as often as the core four for some reason).
Yes that’s true, the heart of that team and lineup. Not to mention the defense that won’t be ready to replace.
Let’s do this Yankees and ship Torres out a la Voit trade.
Ducky Buckin Fent
But: the “rumors” of Yankee interest come via Heyman. It’s fun to think about. Probably no basis in reality though.
We are supposed to accept Isiah Kiner-Falefa & shut up about it.
That’s what the Astros used to do in the NL: signs over-the-hill Tejeda, overpays Carlos Lee, signs Woody Williams, etc to make up for being awful at scouting and developing players.
Ducky Buckin Fent
Story > Gleyber
Do you think the Mets swoop in and go after Story just to say, “We are not done either!”?
From there they move Escobar to 2nd and trade McNeil
Showalter has already stated McNeil will be his 2B and he strikes me as someone who has clout over his clubhouse.
There is no guarantee McNeil will adjust to the shift. Spring training will show quickly if he’s able or even willing to.
You Can Put It In The Books
Can’t rule it out. McNeil doesn’t even need to go. I’d rather see him rebuild his trade value and ship him off for pitching at the deadline.
If the Yankees had known that either Correa or Story were available on no-longer than three year deals, I doubt they would have made the Donaldson and IKF deals–or the Voit one. Timing is everything, and Twins handled it deftly
I think Minute Maid Park is made for Trevor Story.The way he hits the ball to left field.He could easily hit over 40 home runs in Houston.
RIP Scott Hall
I heard Francona now wants Amed Rosario to split some time off from SS and man LF sometimes so I guess anything is possible. Stupid but possible.
Oftentimes it’s people that are ignorant of a situation so they misrepresent it that in time prove to be the truly stupid ones.
@Samuel He’s the quintessential armchair GM who purports to understand market trends and all the nuances of running a MLB front office. He would know.
Isn’t Story from Texas? I highly doubt he’s seriously considering the Giants or Red Sox. He’ll probably sign with Houston.
Plus,Story and Bregman are really good friends.
Story is from Irving. About 15-20 miles from Arlington.
Story career ops+
Seager the Elder sounds like a character in Game of Thrones
Maybe he will have a prominent role in House of the Dragon.
Story career ops+
At sf 58 (200 ABs) *giants have changed dimensions and breezeways of May’s park
If the Rangers do sign Story, Seager should definitely be the one moving to 3B.
While I would be shocked if the Rangers did this, they could theoretically move Semien to 3rd, as he’s played there before, and play Story at 2nd.
Story will end up signing with the Yankees on a short deal with an opt put after next season. I think 25 mil av will be enough.
My guess would be gleyber and andujar get traded to the A’s along with devi or Clark for montas or maneaa ..if story is signed
I don’t believe the Yankees view gleyber in the same light they did a few years ago.evem if he bounces back and comes close to his 2019 juiced ball output he’s a defensive liability and the Yankees seem to be trending away from that
That is a great option… only issue is what to do with DJ… I would do Story for 3 years and 80 mil with opt outs
M’s is for maybe
As a Mariners fan, if Kyle “were” to come outta retirement to play with his brother; I wouldn’t be in the slightest mad about it. Rather, I would cheer him on. He always RAKED in Arlington.
Houston needs to sign Addison Russell
Fire Jon Daniels
Should trade for Gallo to play RF and IKF to play third!
Let the Yankmees have him! Redsox should be good with Kiki Hernandez and Christian Arroyo. There have been plenty of free agents that would have improved the Sox, but Story ain’t one of them.
He’s going to the Yankees
You Can Put It In The Books
He’s going to the Mets.
He’s going to Disney World!!!
If the Yanks do sign Story it does create a logjam if sought a with 6 infielders. Buttttt with the inevitable expansion of the roster with more pitchers added the Yanks can afford to carry 6 infielders, 2 catchers, and either 4-5 outfielders. Donaldson is injury prone. DJ can fill in at third and first as well as second. Story can play ss or 2nd and I even heard Seattle was looking to trade for him last deadline to potentially play him in cf.
The two keys would ge Gleyber Torres regaining value and possibly utilizing him in a trade for a pitcher down the stretch. The other huge key is to trade Hicks with prospects and get rid of his 5/50 contract abs out a better defensive cf in who is more athletic and hopefully left handed batting! Than you can easily go with 4 outfielders and if need be put IKF or Story out there.
Wish the Mariners would sign him for 4 years or less at 2nd and test him at 3rd
Contact the Mets about a JD Davis/Mark Vientos deal. Mets could restock a few AA pieces. Vientos is pretty much ready and Davis could fill in until he is or DH.
Story and Conforto to the Giants?
I think—since the Pederson signing (ugh)—Conforto’s probably no longer a fit in SF.
The Giants need to get this done.
F*n White Sox can’t be serious with these offseasons. I’m so done with Chicago sports.
They could sign Story to play short, trade Torres to the As for pitching, put DJ at 2b, Isah kiner can be the IF backup. Worry about next year, next year.
I got to think the Yankees have the inside track on Story. I suspect a short term deal to play short. I saw an interview one time and Story was a big Jeter fan growing up. I know this is business but who exactly is running to sign this guy. He is hard to judge given the offensive statistical enhancements granted by Coors Field.
I really can’t believe the Yankee off-season is Josh Donaldson, Kiner Falefa and eating $50M bones to watch the Twins sign Correa. Yikes.
I’ll win Mega Millions before the Sox sign this guy. Only a Dickie Dunn type of reporter would run with this story.