The Red Sox and Trevor Story agree a $140 million contract each to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. (Twitter linksIt will be a six-year deal, According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. There is a “complex disable”, According to MLB’s John Heyman, “where if the Red Sox chooses it reserves the option to keep it on different terms.” After four years, Story can opt out of the deal, but then Boston is allowed to refuse to opt out by picking a seventh-year option and making it a seven-year, $160 million deal, According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post,. At that time, the Red Sox will decide between a $5 million purchase and a $25 million salary for that seventh year, for every heman. The story does not contain any provisions not to trade the deal, Per Sherman.
The story will take over at second base with Xander Bogaerts remaining as the team’s stopping point, in every Jim Bowden from The Athletic. Red Sox manager Alex Cora confirmed this plan, According to ESPN’s Marley Rivera. Story is a client of Excel Sports Management.
It’s been a fairly uneventful season for the Red Sox up until this point, with the club focusing mostly on their staff, adding veterans like Rich Hill, Michael Wacha and Jake Diekman. On the center player side of things, they’ve only really been thrown out since the start of the season, sending Hunter Renfroe to the Brewers for Jackie Bradley Jr. and expectations. The story, however, has certainly had a tremendous impact on the lineup.
After Troy Tolowsky’s departure, the story took over the short day job in Colorado and ran with it. Over the past six seasons, Story has played in 745 games and scored 158 home points, posting a total of .272/.340/.523, for a WRC+ of 112. He has also stolen 100 and made an excellent defense, earning 21.6 fWAR in that time .
In addition to helping the Red Sox this year, adding Story makes sense from a long-term standpoint. Xander Bogaerts could cancel the remainder of his contract at the end of this season, when he has three years and $60 million left, something he looks likely to do. If that happens, they will already have an alternative on the list. As noted above, the plan for this season is to keep Bogarts short and play the story a close second, and move Enrique Hernandez to an off-field assignment on a regular basis. He missed the story some of last year’s season due to an elbow injury, and Some Scouts have expressed this belief It’s better to take advantage of him in second base because of his arm injury. Boston will now have at least a year to see if Storey’s arm can bounce back in any way before deciding how to move forward beyond 2022.
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