When Trevor Story spoke for the first time as a member of the Red Sox, his words warranted scrutiny. And nothing Story said should resonate as much as the following.
“I felt that this was a really good fit for me to play second this year on this team, on the Red Sox,” he stated. “And that’s really what it came down to.”
The obvious, key qualifier: this year.
So what does that mean for the future of a Red Sox infield (and batting order) that is now splattered with Silver Sluggers? Excellent question.
For now, Rafael Devers is a third baseman, Xander Bogaerts a shortstop and Story a second baseman as the Sox embark on the 2022 season. But we all know the challenges ahead. Bogaerts can (and will) opt out of his existing contract at the end of this season and Devers will be a free agent at the end of 2023. In the case of the latter, Devers said the Red Sox have not presented him with a long-term contract offer.
Is it likely the Red Sox can keep Story, Bogaerts and Devers together? It doesn’t seem so. But is it possible? Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom says yes. And if the Red Sox are able to pull it off, here’s a guess as to how they might try to do it.