3/20/22 by Millan Jain
Since the MLB Lockout ended on March 10, many MLB clubs jumped right into signing free agents. For Red Sox fans, they waited anxiously as they heard no news from Fort Myers. However, just as Spring Training games kicked off, the Red Sox made their move Sunday morning, acquiring a high caliber middle infielder with a hot bat in Trevor Story.
The Boston Red Sox and Trevor Story, 29, agreed on a six-year, $140 million deal which includes an opt-out after the fourth year. Story, who has been with the Colorado Rockies since 2016, is coming off a good year. Last year with the Rockies he batted .251 with an OPS of .800. Story had 24 home runs and 75 RBIs.
Story has been a shortstop for his entire tenure with the Rockies. However, the Boston Red Sox already have their franchise shortstop in Xander Bogaerts. This will likely mean that Story will move to second base, a position that needed to be filled after guys like Chrisian Arroyo and Jonathan Araúz split time in 2021. Another option the Red Sox did have was to put Kiké Hernandez at second base, but with the departure of Kyle Schwarber, Hernandez will play somewhere in the outfield along with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Alex Verdugo. With the 2022 season approaching rapidly, it puts pressure on Story to learn an unfamiliar position in a short amount of time.
With the pickup of Trevor Story, the Red Sox are improving their roster to help pick up the momentum they had last season to make a deep playoff run and it also gives the Red Sox depth. If Bogaerts opts-out of his contract in 2022, the Sox could easily plug Story back in at short and have Christian Arroyo or Hernandez move to second. Story will definitely bolster the Sox lineup as he has collected two All-Star appearances and two Silver Slugger Awards.
With other teams in the AL East improving, Boston landed an impact player that could help the Sox make a push for the World Series not only this year but in years to come. The Boston Red Sox open their season against their rival New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 7.