Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story remains on the free agent market, but if the Boston Red Sox sign him, his situation could change.
Weeks before MLB Opening Day, former Rockies shortstop Trevor Story remains a free agent, but it’s not for a lack of trying.
The Red Sox are reportedly “taking a look” at Story, according to Jon Heyman. But if Story signs to the historic Boston franchise, there’s a catch: they’ll move him to second base while Xander Bogaerts remains at shortstop.
Red Sox could sign shortstop Trevor Story, but he’d have to move to second base
The Sox are in need of a second baseman, and it’s not uncommon to move a shortstop to second base, making a transition for Story entirely possible.
Story is a free agent waiting for the best contract he can get in free agency, while Bogaerts has an advantage as he’s already with the Sox. Bogaerts made it clear that he has no interest in moving to second base.
“I’m a shortstop, man,” Bogaerts said this week. “That’s where I’ve played my whole career. Obviously it’s a position I take a lot of pride in.”
“Why would I think of playing second or third if I’m playing short?” he said. “I don’t see any sense in that. Just going out there, playing shortstop and trying to get better, especially on the defensive side. I know I finished strong last year. Have been doing some different drills with the coaches which has helped me out a lot. As soon as I got here I just continued doing the same thing. Hopefully that progresses towards the end of the year and this year.”
Bogaerts said that no one on the Red Sox has spoken to him about switching positions, which makes it all the more probable that Boston would bring in someone willing to switch positions rather than force a switch on a leader on the team.
If Story does sign with the Sox, it will be with the full knowledge that he will have to make major changes—or, he could sign with any other of the teams reportedly interested in signing him on.