Boston Red Sox

As the week went on, the Red Sox were reportedly interested in just about every big-name free agent on the market. Time-and-time again, they were left on the outside looking in. With the majority of the star players off the board, it seemed like the Sox may have missed their chance to make a splash addition this offseason.

That is, until Sunday morning. As people were waking up to the first day of spring, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale delivered the news that the Red Sox have reached a deal with All-Star and Silver Slugger shortstop Trevor Story. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, it is a six-year, $140 million dollar contract with an out after four years and a team option for a seventh year.

Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Colorado Rockies – Story’s former team – offered him more money to stay. However, he picked Boston because he sees it as “as a better chance to win.”

Story has been one of the best shortstops in baseball since entering the league in 2016. He is a two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger winner, and has finished towards the top of the NL MVP voting three times. From 2016-2020, he hit .277 for the Rockies while averaging 36 home runs per 162 games.

However, he did have a bit of a down year in 2021 as trade rumors swirled throughout the season. In what ended up being his final year playing for a bad Colorado team, he slashed .251/.329/.471.

With Story in the mix, the big question now is who will be the team’s shortstop? Earlier in the offseason, Xander Bogaerts reportedly expressed a willingness to move to second base. However, Chad Jennings of The Athletic is reporting that it will be Story who is moving to second for the time being. Neither player has played second base professionally.

Further complicating things is the fact that Bogaerts has a player option in his contract next offseason, one he reportedly plans to take. Initial reports suggest Bogaerts would be willing to return on a new deal, which if he did would set the Red Sox up with one of the best middle-infield combinations in baseball for multiple seasons.

Whoever ends up at second base, the Red Sox added a much-needed right-handed bat to their lineup for the 2022 season. The teams remaining needs include a right-handed outfield bat, depth starting pitching, and bullpen help. They still have time, with Opening Day 18 days away.

Click here for complete Boston Red Sox coverage at 985TheSportsHub.com.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at abarth@985TheSportsHub.com.