MLB Free Agency Ratings – Trevor Story gives the Red Sox a new look on the court

Seems like everyone in baseball was working all weekend. Starting Friday night, the last big dominoes in this year’s free agent market fell in a final sprint, with Nick Castellanos landing with the Phillies, Carlos Correa stunningly signing with the Twins and, finally, the final stop- short standing, Trevor Story agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox.

Story and his reps seemed to be taking inspiration from a few of the other major shortstop deals from the extended offseason. The basic terms of the deal — six years, $140 million, ESPN’s Jeff Passan confirms — are identical to free agent shortstop Javier Baez’s contract signed with the Tigers, but the structure is different. different. While Baez can opt out after the second year of his contract, Story could only do so after his fourth. However, the Red Sox can override the opt-out by adding a seventh year to the contract, which would bring its total value to $160 million, unless Boston decides to buy out that seventh year for $5 million. It’s understood?

On Saturday, following Correa’s deal with the Twins, the rumor mill had the Astros as the leader of the Story contest. This notion didn’t quite make sense, as it would have left Houston to answer the uncomfortable question of “Why didn’t you just give Correa that contract?” Now, the Jeremy Pena era has begun in Houston’s shortstop line.

There are no such questions for the Red Sox, who are significantly improving their short-term depth chart and hedging against the possible departure of longtime shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who may retire after the season. 2022 and it is expected to do so. so. Meanwhile, for now, ESPN’s Marly Rivera reports that the plan is for Story to play second base in Boston while Bogaerts will remain the regular starter at shortstop.

Christy J. Olson