Blooms First Big Splash
So you thought the Red Sox weren’t going to make a big move, did you?…… Well, think again.
Multiple sources are reporting that the team has signed All-Star shortstop Trevor Story to a 6-year contract worth $140 million.
Story, 29, was selected by the Colorado Rockies with the 45th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft out of Irving (Texas) High School. He made his Major League debut in 2016 and has been named to two All-Star games in his career. He has slashed .272/.340/.523 with 158 home runs and 450 RBIs in 745 games for the Rockies. (2016-2021)
The signing of Story gives the Red Sox some much-needed middle-of-the-order power, as he has averaged 34 home runs and 94 RBIs per season throughout his career. He is also an elite-level defender, which will help sure up what was a shaky defense (putting it mildly) in 2021. With Xander Bogaerts still on the team, Story will most likely play second, at least for this year. Regardless, he will be an upgrade up the middle compared to Christian Arroyo and others.
Looking ahead with Story in the fold, GM Chaim Bloom will look to put the finishing touches on a roster that dreams of winning their 5th championship since 2004.
The team could still use a starting-caliber outfielder, more starting pitching depth with Chris Sales injury, and possibly another reliever. But one thing is for sure; it’s nice to know that Bloom has the okay to spend money and acquire top talent which has been in question by some fans.
A name that could make sense is former Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, who is still on the open market at the time of writing. It is also a possibility they could still swing a deal with the San Diego Padres for Wil Meyers + prospect in a potential salary dump. Or he can choose to stay pat and let Jackie Bradley get more playing time due to his elite defense.
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