6. Trevor Story
The Trevor Story signing always confused me. The Red Sox franchise player at the moment is Xander Bogaerts. He’s been there for each of Boston’s last two World Series championships and has been their shortstop for years. Even with questionable at-best defense, Bogaerts is one of the better shortstops in the game because of his bat.
Story signing on to be a second baseman was interesting, and I’m not really sure if he’s going to be there full-time in the future. Bogaerts has an opt-out after the season and can leave, so is Boston just trying to save money again? Bogaerts will likely make more on his next contract than Story is currently making.
Story signed a six-year $140 million dollar deal with the Red Sox this past offseason. In his first year away from Coors Field, things have not gone well. He’s slashed .221/.289/.423 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI.
Story did have one ridiculous week in May when he hit seven home runs with an OPS of 1.463 to help Boston reach .500 after a sluggish start. However, before and after that stretch, this Story has not had a happy ending.
He was a guy whose numbers were inflated due to Coors Field and he’s proven that this season by struggling with no games played in Colorado.
To add to the complications, Story has missed substantial time due to injury as he’s only played in 81 games for Boston and is still out now with a hairline fracture in his wrist.
The Red Sox have five more guaranteed years of Story (although Story could opt out after the 2026 season). Whether his future is at second base or shortstop, the signing has not gone well at all. Boston is in last place in the AL East and with their best players in Bogaerts and Rafael Devers expecting massive pay raises, the Story contract could make things very difficult for Boston.