The New York Yankees might not have their shortstop of the future in place yet (read: definitely don’t), but most have agreed they’ll address it this offseason, when a number of superstars hit the free agent market.
But what if they didn’t have to wait?
Trevor Story remains somewhat on the trade block, though there hasn’t been a fresh rumor regarding his whereabouts in weeks, and certainly not any that involved the struggling Yankees.
Lo and behold, we finally read a hypothetical on Wednesday that seems too good to pass on … and the author believes Colorado would say the same.
Via insider Mark Feinsand, we’ve now feasted our eyes on a Trevor Story trade we’d accept — considering it costs only one true top prospect and also includes a starting pitcher with potential.
Story and Jon Gray for Oswald Peraza and Albert Abreu: who says no? Surprisingly … no one!
And here we were all hung up on trying to pour six players into Joey Gallo trade packages. We could’ve sent only one top prospect to Colorado and gotten an All-Star shortstop and All-Star-ish starting pitcher in return!
Feinsand correctly notes that the returns for All-Star position players dealt in the final years of their contract have been underwhelming for years now (Manny Machado?), and Story’s struggles in 2021 and the widespread knowledge he’ll be bolting when his contract’s up have only complicated the issue:
"For the Rockies, Peraza is a toolsy 21-year-old shortstop who could eventually replace Story in a year or two. The Yankees’ No. 4 prospect (and No. 96 on MLB Pipeline’s overall Top 100 list), Peraza would be expendable if New York plans to ink a free-agent shortstop to a long-term deal, though the club has three other shortstops in its Top 15 prospects. Abreu (the Yankees’ No. 18 prospect) is a hard-throwing righty who may still wind up working as a reliever, but he would give Colorado another young arm in its arsenal.Who says no: Nobody. The market for Story is limited and the Yankees need to make some short-term moves to get back into contention. Make it happen!"
To think, at some point, real-live folks were pitching “Gleyber Torres + Prospects for Story”. No need!
Jon Gray is no slouch either, and would be … well, the No. 2 in the current Yankees rotation, which has chosen to hand Asher Wojciechowski the ball. This year, he’s got a 3.68 ERA and 3.99 FIP while making half his starts at Coors Field.
Not to tempt you too much, but the article reference above contains four more Yankees-related trades, which might be the most reasonable packages we’ve seen attached to any rumors this season. Unfortunately, the writers who pitched them have both the Marlins and Pirates turning down their Starling Marte and Bryan Reynolds overtures.
Why even bother writing them up, then, if you’re going to reject them in your own brain?
Kudos to Feinsand, who really gave us something to chew on.
Oh, and on Thursday just before Sox-Yanks? Buster Olney connected the two sides.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Might cost less than you think.