© Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsTrevor Story no longer has Nolan Arenado joining him on the left side of the Rockies' infield.
Barring a contract extension, Rockies shortstop Trevor Story will be one of the most sought-after free agents on the open market next winter. The Rockies don't expect to trade Story before the season starts, but they also haven't discussed a long-term deal with the 28-year-old, Nick Groke of The Athletic tweets.
"Yeah, it's a contract year, but to me, every year is pretty much that way," Story said.
This doesn't mean Story and the Rockies won't find a deal in the next few weeks, as extensions often take time to come together during spring training. However, odds seem to be against the Rockies retaining Story, especially after they let go of third baseman Nolan Arenado - who partnered with Story to form a tremendous left side of the infield - in a trade with the Cardinals this month.
The Rockies did save quite a bit of money in giving up Arenado, which could help them extend Story. But the Rockies don't look as if they'll contend in the near future, which might help prevent Story from inking a long-term pact with the club. If there isn't a deal in place by the summer trade deadline, Story will be a prime candidate to wind up on the move.
Story is set to earn $17.5 million in 2021, when he'll try to follow up on a stellar three-year run in which he batted .292/.355/.554 (124 wRC+) with 83 home runs and 65 stolen bases in 1,571 plate appearances. He also notched 20 Defensive Runs Saved and a 10.3 Ultimate Zone Rating at short during that span. The entire package was worth 13.5 fWAR, which ranked 10th among position players and placed Story right behind fellow shortstops Francisco Lindor and Xander Bogaerts.
As of now, Story and the Mets' Lindor are scheduled to be part of a loaded class of shortstops in free agency next winter. The Dodgers' Corey Seager, the Cubs' Javier Baez, the Blue Jays' Marcus Semien and the Twins' Andrelton Simmons are also on track to reach the open market then.
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