What would it take for the Reds to land shortstop Trevor Story?
Trevor Story is on the trade block. In fact, that statement could have been made the moment the Colorado Rockies front office dealt former third baseman Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals. With the July 30th trade deadline looming, and shortstop an obvious position of need for the Cincinnati Reds, what would it take to bring Story to the Queen City?
Reds GM Nick Krall has not ruled out being buyers as this year’s trade market heats up. Cincinnati is in second-place in the NL Central and have seven consecutive games in the coming two weeks versus the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. If there was ever an opportunity for the Reds to make up some ground quickly, it’ll be immediately before and immediately after the All-Star break.
With that in mind, it’s time for Bob Castellini and the Cincinnati front office to make a big move. The biggest and best move this franchise could make would be making a deal with Colorado for Story. The 28-year-old is a free agent at season’s end, and Reds Country would do well to consider any deal for the two-time All-Star to be no more than a rental for the remainder of the season.
The Reds have Jose Barrero, formerly Jose Garcia, making his mark in the minor leagues this season, and it seems as though Cincinnati has every intention of inserting the 22-year-old into the starting lineup next season. With that in mind, dealing for Story could work out well, as the Reds would just be adding his services to the roster for the final two-plus months of the 2021 season.
So, what’s it gonna cost? Well, since the Rockies organization was vehemently criticized for their return from St. Louis in the Nolan Arenado deal, you’d have to think that Colorado will not get fleeced again. That said, a good majority of teams who are interested are likely looking at Story as a rental, and would be unwilling to sacrifice a Top 100 prospect.