Boston Red Sox rumors: 3 Rockies players to target at Trade Deadline

DENVER, CO - JUNE 16: Trevor Story #27 and C.J. Cron #25 of the Colorado Rockies (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 16: Trevor Story #27 and C.J. Cron #25 of the Colorado Rockies (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 12: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies (wearing #44 in honor of Hank Aaron) (Photo by Matt Dirksen/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images) /

Boston Red Sox Trade Target No. 1: Trevor Story

Why not? If the Red Sox are going to go big at the trade deadline, may as well be involved in one of the biggest names that’s sure to be available. As unrealistic as it may be, if the Sox wanted to trade for Trevor Story, they could probably make it happen.

Yes, Story plays shortstop, which is a position already filled by Xander Bogaerts, who isn’t going anywhere (remember how his ill-fated move to third base went?) And yes, he has played only shortstop throughout his entire career. So what would be the point of acquiring Story if he has nowhere to play?

While he hasn’t played them in the majors, Story has experience playing at both second and third base during his time in the minors when Troy Tulowitzki was firmly entrenched at shortstop during his prime years in Colorado. Story is probably the better fielder between himself and Bogaerts, so it wouldn’t be out the question to play him at second or third if he was picked up by Boston.

Second base seems like a more realistic option here, as picking up third base is a much tougher task. The Sox have had a rotating cast at second this season, so it’s not as if Story would really be displacing anyone. Plus, adding his bat to the lineup would make up for the potential cluster that Boston would find themselves with in the infield.

After his torrid start to his rookie season, Story has fully developed into one of the best power hitters in the game. With that being said, it’s worth noting Story is in the middle of a down season of sorts for himself. He’s hitting just .249, and only has 11 home runs on the season despite playing half his game at the hitters friendly Coors Field in Colorado.

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Even with his struggles, any team would benefit greatly from adding Story’s bat. It’s all but certain Story will be available, as he is set to be a free agent this offseason with Colorado failing to resign him to a long-term deal. So why not take a chance on one of the best hitters in the game and beef up an already strong lineup?

Realistically speaking, this is a move that is unlikely to occur given the Sox already having Bogaerts at short, and the price Story is likely going to charge. But Boston could make a major splash by adding Story, and improve their World Series odds in the process. If they want to add another star to their lineup, Story is right there for the taking.