The Boston Red Sox seemingly do not have a need for a shortstop. With Xander Bogaerts holding down the fort, the Red Sox already have an All Star caliber player at the position. No matter how impressive the shortstop class in free agency may be, it is not an area that the Red Sox need to look at.
Boston Red Sox looking to protect themselves with Trevor Story
Bogaerts has indicated a willingness to move to either second or third later in his career which could explain the Red Sox interest in adding Story to the roster. He would certainly be a defensive upgrade, as he has saved 69 runs at the position, whereas Bogaerts has cost the Red Sox 55 runs. The domino effect could also strengthen the defense if Bogaerts slides over to third, where Rafael Devers has cost Boston 38 runs as well.
But Story is potentially more than a defensive upgrade this season. While Bogaerts signed a six year extension with the Red Sox, it does contain an opt-out clause following the upcoming year. Bogaerts has said that he plans on exercising that clause, even though he wants to spend the rest of his career in Boston.
While that may be the case in theory, free agency can lead to unexpected results. Bogaerts could get an offer he cannot refuse to head elsewhere, leaving Boston behind. If that happens, the Red Sox would be without their star shortstop in a market where there are few options.
Story would be a way to protect themselves in case that happens. Even though his production fell off last year, he is still a five tool player at short. His ability with the glove makes him a worthwhile target even if he is not the offensive star he had been in the past.
The Boston Red Sox are showing interest in Trevor Story. That interest may be a way of protecting themselves should Xander Bogaerts leave after the 2022 season.