The Texas Rangers welcomed the shortstop of the Colorado Rockies (and Dallas-area native) Trevor Story. While virtually every team with money to spend and a need in between is likely to at least kick the tires in Story, the report of an in-person meeting suggests the Rangers may be looking to advance early in the fight for a historic class. of high-end shortstop (list that also includes the Puerto Rican Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Borinqueño Javier Báez).
Given their stated intention to be aggressive in free agency and their clear need at shortstop, the Rangers are sure to communicate with other shortstop free agents, but there is more to recommend to Story than his native son status:
Story, the eighth ranked free agent for MLB Trade Rumors, didn’t have the strongest platform year (.251 / .329 / .471 in 595 plate appearances), but his career line of .272 / .340 /. 523 stands out at the premium shortstop position, particularly given Story’s excellent glove work (69 DRS in six seasons).
Of course, the offensive numbers of any player who’s played half their games a mile above sea level is always worth a warning about, and the Story-road-road splits are substantial. His career OPS at Coors Field (.972) tells a very different story than his OPS on the road (.752).
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Story’s OPS + numbers (103 in 2021, 112 for his career) are adjusted for park factors and can give a clearer picture of what teams should expect of him at the plate going forward.
He’s also entering his 29-year-old season (not to mention coming off an elbow injury that sapped his power for much of 2021), so it’s a solid bet to see at least one decline over the course of a contract. long-term.
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MLB: Heading home? Trevor Story meets the Texas Rangers