Red Sox Sign Trevor Story

by Charles Vakassian
Red Sox Sign Trevor Story

The Boston Red Sox finally leaped into action and locked down the middle of their infield. They have agreed to terms with infielder Trevor Story on a six-year, $240 mil contract. Did you think the Red Sox would sign Trevor Story?

In order to keep star shortstop Xander Bogaerts happy, Story will shift over to second base.

Trevor Story will likely be batting towards the top of the order, preferably first or second. His blend of speed and power can help set up the big boppers behind him (Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez).

Story had played his entire six-year career with the Colorado Rockies up until this point. In his time with the Rockies, he was an incredibly productive hitter, with five 20-plus home run seasons and a career OPS+ of 112. His 2021 season was subpar compared to his career standards, as he barely hit over .250 and saw dips in OBP and SLG.

On the plus side, Story is a 20-20 hitter with 30-30 potential, with a strikeout percentage in the low 20's. He is a lefty masher, hitting .308 with a .621 SLG against southpaws over his career. The fans in Boston will love him.

Red Sox Sign Trevor Story

Boston Red Sox Preview

For most of the MLB offseason, the Red Sox chose to sit on the sidelines. Prior to the lockout, they traded power bat Hunter Renfroe to the Brewers to get back defensive standout Jackie Bradley Jr. They also signed James Paxton and Rich Hill to boost the back end of the rotation. But these were not earth-shaking moves. After waiting out the market, Boston pounced on Story, who said he wanted to play for a contender.

Boston was a pleasant surprise last year, finishing 92-70 and earning a Wild Card spot. They proceeded to wipe out the Yankees and Rays, teams who were superior on paper. They took the AL champion Astros to six hard-fought games. Signing Story is a signal that Boston wants to build on this success, and compete in a challenging division.

The Red Sox offense last year exceeded expectations, ranking sixth in all of baseball with a 107 wRC+. Rafael Devers had an incredible 2021, hitting 38 home runs and knocking in 113 runs. J.D Martinez returned to form, driving in 99 runs along with 42 doubles and 28 bombs. Every member of the 2021 Red Sox starting lineup had at least 20 doubles except for Christian Arroyo, who was a platoon second baseman.

Adding Story to this lineup helps make up for the loss of Renfroe. He should see plenty of pitches to hit, as starters will not want to attack Devers or Bogaerts. Even with some regression to the mean, this will still be a scary Red Sox lineup in 2022.

Looking Towards the Future?

The Red Sox may have signed Story with an eye towards the future. Current shortstop Xander Bogaerts is in a contract year and may want to test the open market. If he ends up leaving, Story can slide in at his natural position of shortstop.

Boston clearly wants to compete now, and Story will help them try to make a deep playoff run, similar to last season.

For fantasy purposes, Story will be a quality get in the early to middle rounds. His stolen bases and power give him added appeal, as well as his multi-position eligibility (SS/2B). He will be protected in that beefy Boston lineup as well, allowing him more pitches to hit.

An ADP of 45 seems like fair value for Story, and he will give you a positive return on that investment.

Fantasy Preview

Trevor Story, SS/2B, Boston Red Sox

Career: .272/.340/.523 112 OPS+

162 game averages: 34 HR, 98 RBIs, 101 R, 22 SB

Trove Story should be drafted at his ADP of 45, and will be a quality contributor for a potent Boston Red Sox lineup in 2022 and beyond.


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