The Colorado Rockies find themselves in a difficult spot. Even before their panned trade of Nolan Arenado, the Rockies had to make a decision on Trevor Story. The franchise is obviously not in a position to contend, and Story is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2021 season.
But now that Arenado is out of the way, the Rockies want to lock in their other superstar. According to reports, they are set to consider a long term extension for Story. Whether or not he would be interested is…well…another story.
Why would Trevor Story want to stay with the Colorado Rockies?
Mark Feinsand brings up several good points in his tweet. The main reason for Story to even consider an extension is that there will be a plethora of top shortstops in free agency next year. As it stands, the likes of Francisco Lindor, Javy Baez, Corey Seager, and Carlos Correa, amongst others, are set to hit the open market.
But one has to wonder if Story even wants to remain in Colorado. The way that Arenado’s tenure ended was not a good look; one of the best players in franchise history had been alienated by the front office. Likewise, general manager Jeff Bridich does not appear to have a plan when it comes to the roster.
It is also fair to wonder when, or even if, the Rockies are going to contend in the near future. The Dodgers have become a juggernaut, winning the last eight NL West titles. Meanwhile, the Padres have gone all in, attempting to end the Dodgers’ run and take home a championship of their own. The Rockies would need to have everything break correctly to even sniff a Wild Card spot, let alone win the division.
And that is what Story will have to consider. Does he want to lock himself into a team that is likely to be battling for third place for the next few years? Is he going to want to be a part of the dysfunction that is the Rockies front office? Is he going to want to run the risk that Bridich will somehow think that running their new best player out of time is a good idea?
There is no reason for Trevor Story to remain with the Colorado Rockies. Even if they offer an extension, he should take his chances in free agency in the next offseason.