Lyou red sox would have reached an agreement to acquire the star shortstop Trevor Story, with a contract for six years and 140 million of dollars that would take him to play in Boston as a second baseman.
The deal, which was first reported by the newspaper USAToday and later confirmed by multiple means, represents a long-term response at second base, a weak spot since Dustin Pedroia was injured in 2017.
Xander Bogaerts would continue as the starting shortstop. Boston would have an alternative at that position if Bogaerts opts out of his contract at the end of the season.
Story, 29, batted for .251 with 24 homers and 75 RBIs with the Colorado Rockies last season, a dip after three straight seasons in which he received votes for NL MVP. In five seasons in the majors, he has never played a defensive position other than shortstop.
“He’s a great hitter. We know what he represents on defense. I think his hitting will fit well at Fenway.Bogaerts told MLB.com last week as rumors of the acquisition circulated. He is a great ballplayer. He’s a great hitter, an impact player.”
ForeverStory is batting .272 with 158 home runs and 450 RBIs in 745 games. He has benefited from the height in Denver, hitting .303 with 95 homers and 279 RBIs at Coors Field and .241 with 63 homers and 171 RBIs on the road.
With Story in second, Henry Hernandez can be set in the garden centerly Christian Arroyo would become a utilities from the bank.
alex cora, Red Sox manager, declined to comment on the reports after the exhibition game against Baltimore, saying they were rumors. Even before the deal was announced, the news was welcomed in the Red Sox locker room.