Rumor: Astros Were Talking to Trevor Story Before Lockout

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Before the lockout was implemented, the Houston Astros were in contact with free agent shortstop Trevor Story, recent Colorado Rockie.

According to Jon Heyman, the Houston Astros were reportedly in contact with former Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, before Major League Baseball implemented a lockout. The 29-year-old shortstop has spent all six seasons of his young career with the Rockies.

Story is a two-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger, finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2016, and finished in the top 12 of Most Valuable Player voting in three separate seasons.

Relative to the rest of his career, Story is coming off a down season in 2021, in part due to some injury issues. Story still slashed .259/.329/.471 with 24 home runs, 75 runs-batted-in, and 20 stolen bases in 142 games.

While not a Gold Glove recipient, Story is no slouch at shortstop. He accumulated nine Defensive Runs Saved in 2021, according to FanGraphs.

Despite the off-year, Story has proven to be a consistently productive since he joined the big league ranks with 26.7 career wins-above-replacement, which ranks 26th in the MLB since 2016 (only .1 WAR behind Carlos Correa in the same time span).

Story could fill the void of the homegrown and fan-favorite shortstop, Correa. Many Houston Astros fans are holding onto their hopes that the team will retain the services of Correa, when the lockout ends.

There are conflicting reports on whether or not Correa will re-sign in Houston, while the top free agent shortstop remained jobless going into the lockout.

It appears that the Astros organization and Correa weren’t on the same page a few weeks with the terms of the contract. The Astros are interested in other All-Star replacements, if Correa signs elsewhere.

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