2. Trevor Story
Prior to the 2022 season, middle infielder Trevor Story signed a 6-year contract worth $140 million to join the Red Sox. Through 2 seasons, Story has played just 137 games, batting .227 and hitting 19 home runs. He has not been able to stay healthy through the beginning of his new deal.
The Sox were planning to see what they saw from Story in his days of being an All-Star with the Colorado Rockies. And although Story says he is entering 2024 fully healthy and ready to make a difference, so far, he has not exactly been what the Red Sox thought they were signing up for.
Story is still due a lot of money going forward - $22.5 million per year for 2 seasons, then $25 million per year to follow. Given the hefty price tag and his inability to stay healthy as of late, the Red Sox may be stuck with him.
Epstein, when hands on, is not afraid to make tough moves. Just because a guy is paid more and has the bigger reputation does not mean he is guaranteed the playing time. Story really needs to prove something in 2024 to keep his good faith with Epstein and the fans. Another dud season could spell the end of Story's story as a starting impact player.