Boston Red Sox: 3 offseason missteps that have contributed to lost season

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Boston Red Sox offseason misstep No. 1: Signing Trevor Story

After all the penny-pinching Bloom and the front office had partaken in earlier in the offseason, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the signing of Trevor Story. Story seemed like the perfect replacement for Schwarber and Renfroe’s lost production, and shored up Boston’s middle infield for the 2022 season.

Instead, Story has been a massive disappointment in his first season with the Red Sox. His numbers might look better if he weren’t sidelined with a right hand injury, but his stats so far on the season (.221 BA, 15 HR, 58 RBI, .713 OPS) have left much to be desired.

Story had been a solid source of run production for Boston, but they aren’t paying him $120 million to hit a miniscule .221. Story earned himself a massive contract on the back of his ability to hit for contact and power. Instead, he’s done fairly little of both this season.

Not only has Story’s signing itself been a loss, but it’s raised tons of questions surrounding the futures of Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers. Realistically speaking, this was a deal that should have gone to Bogaerts, and since it didn’t he may end up leaving in free agency when he opts out of his deal this offseason. Devers is also in line for a huge payday soon, and having Story’s salary on the books certainly won’t help that get done.

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Story was expected to help Boston win in 2022. Not only has he not done that, but he’s also clouded up the future of the team who appeared on the verge of being a perennial World Series contender after last season. It’s going to be back to square one again this upcoming offseason, and a big reason for that is because of their failures from the past offseason.