The Colorado Rockies are going nowhere in 2021. The team enters Tuesday with a 43-57 record and the only focus for the franchise right now is what they will do with Trevor Story before the upcoming MLB trade deadline.
The team signing Nolan Arenado only to trade him away seemed to signal there would be zero shot of retaining Story. Even if the Rockies were to offer him a deal, it would be hard for him to trust the front office even after changes were made.
So why is Story still in Colorado? It appears that while the team is getting offers, they are not in any rush.
Are Rockies planning to keep Story?
Too many bridges may be burned for the Rockies to have a shot at signing Story to a long-term extension. A simple conversation between the shortstop and Arenado may convince Story to tell the organization he won’t stay.
The fascinating thing now becomes the possibility of Story finishing the year on a contending team. He is such a talented player who unfortunately doesn’t get to be in the spotlight enough because the Rockies have been so bad.
The New York Yankees making an offer is interesting because it may be too late for that club. A Wild Card berth is the goal now, and trading prospects in exchange for a Story rental, only to miss the postseason, would not make much sense. However, it would make sense if the team wants to keep him long-term.
Colorado being patient before the deadline could let thoughts creep in that they won’t move Story. However, this exact situation happens every single year and deals are made right before the actual deadline. Story not being moved would be an actual shock unless he for some reason goes to the front office and says he wants to retire a Rockie.