Every trade has a trickle-down effect. Some ramifications are obviously more pronounced than others, but there is an obvious impact when a team transacts or signs a free agent, as the Boston Red Sox did on Sunday when they reportedly agreed to a six-year deal with Trevor Story.
Story, who played shortstop during his six-year tenure with the Colorado Rockies, will retain second base in Boston, where the Red Sox currently have a franchise shortstop in Xander Bogaerts. Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom wanted to add another right-handed bat, and Story checks that box while providing an intriguing combination of power and speed.
All things considered, landing Story is a huge step for the Red Sox. And his presence will be felt across the board, perhaps in a way that will increase Boston’s chances of making a return to the postseason.
But three Red Sox players in particular are more than anyone else affected by the arrival of Story: Bogaerts, Kiké Hernández and Christian Arroyo.
Bogaerts not only has a new doubles partner in the middle. He will also play alongside his potential successor at shortstop should Bogaerts cancel his contract and sign elsewhere next season with a free agency during the off-season.
Hernández, whose versatility is a real asset, ended up playing in the outfield far more often than the Red Sox had envisioned last season. There was a chance he could return to second base regularly in 2022 – if the off-season heavy lifting in Boston involved an impact outfielder – but it now looks like he will stay on the grass, presumably in the midfield with Jackie Bradley Jr. mans right field.
Arroyo, meanwhile, was the frontrunner to take on Boston’s regular duties this season, until Story reportedly joined the Red Sox on a $140 million deal. His potential playing time would have taken a hit on Sunday, although Red Sox manager Alex Cora will still find ways to put the hard-nosed infielder in.