The Boston Red Sox just made a major move that will hopefully strengthen their case as a World Series contender in 2022. Early Sunday morning, it was revealed by Bob Nightengale that 2x All-Star and 2x Silver Slugger Trevor Story had reached an agreement with the Sox.
Trevor Story has reached an agreement with the Boston #Redsox— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 20, 2022
The report was later confirmed by MLB insider Jeff Passan. Passan added that the deal was valued at six years, $140 million.
Infielder Trevor Story and the Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a six-year, $140 million contract, sources confirm to ESPN. After looking at multiple structures with multiple teams, Story gets big money from the Red Sox — and an opt-out after four. Another big bat for Boston.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 20, 2022
Trevor Story’s deal with the Red Sox:— Guy Boston Sports (@GuyBostonSports) March 20, 2022
• 6 years
• $140 million
• $23.3 million AAV
• Player option after 4th year which can be negated by team option to add a 7th year
Boston’s new second baseman got PAID 💰 pic.twitter.com/yayMQLsmHb
Story comes over to Boston after spending six seasons with the Colorado Rockies. During that time frame he amassed 768 hits, 158 homeruns, 450 RBIs, and 100 stolen bases. All while registering a career .272 batting average and .340 OBP.
The move comes after much speculation that the Sox were serious contenders for Story. The team had been linked to the 29 year old star essentially since the lockout had come to an end. The signing does come as a bit of a surprise I will be honest. Head of baseball operations Chaim Bloom has been quite hesitant to spend big.
The move in my opinion is a fantastic one for the Sox. As expensive as Story is, he adds another dangerous bat to an already stacked lineup. It is also believed that Boston will utilize him at second base, a position that has been a need for Boston since the days of Dustin Pedroia. The Sox have been using veteran stop gaps like Eduardo Nunez to play at second, but they really haven’t had a stout second basemen since Pedroia.
Although Story spent most of his career playing shortstop in Colorado, he makes more sense at second than to move Xander Bogaerts over. With the addition of Story, Boston now has one of the strongest infields in baseball. Rafael Devers, Bogaerts, Story, and one of either Bobby Dalbec or up and comer Triston Casas creates quite the tandem.
This move was a clear indication from Bloom that Boston wants to prove that last season was not a fluke. Boston was on the doorstep of the World Series, and they’d like to build on that great run. Story goes a long way towards meeting those championship aspirations. Although the pitching rotation still has its questions, especially with the recent injury to star Chris Sale, Boston is ready to make some big noise in 2022.
Trevor Story’s next “chapter” comes in Boston 🙌— Guy Boston Sports (@GuyBostonSports) March 20, 2022
Photo by Shawn Palmer, Guy Boston Sports
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