Ever since the Colorado Rockies made the mind-boggling decision to trade Nolan Arenado to St. Louis, speculation has surrounded their All-Star short stop, Trevor Story. According to multiple sources, including The Athletic, the Milwaukee Brewers are among the teams that have reportedly looked into trading for the Rockies’ slugger.
Early on in the Trevor Story trade talk, the Brewers seemed like a sneaky possibility. With @nickgroke: We went back and forth on if it could still really happen and if it still makes sense https://t.co/rZbtJZ904W
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) June 25, 2021
However, those discussions were before the Brewers acquired Willy Adames. Could Trevor Story still make sense to the Brewers, despite Adames being on the team as well?
What Trevor Story Could Bring to the Brewers
It is no secret that the Milwaukee Brewers’ offense has been among the most inconsistent in baseball. Despite having one of the best starting rotations, the Brewers have struggled to win more games due to their inability to plate runs. Both Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes have multiple starts in which they allowed 2 or fewer runs, but did not earn the win due to poor run support.
Trevor Story would certainly be an offensive boost for this Brewers’ lineup. Story has a career slash line of .275/.341/.525 with 142 home runs and 407 RBI. He is hitting below those numbers this season, however. Currently, Story is hitting .253/.326/.435 with eight home runs and 32 RBI.
Where Would He Play?
The issue with a potential Story to the Brewers trade now would be that there is nowhere for him to play. Willy Adames has proven to be one of the best mid-season acquisitions of the Stearns era. Adames has brought life to the clubhouse, shored up the defense at one of the team’s weakest positions, and has hit extremely well. Since joining the Brewers, Adames is hitting .284/.341/.500 with five home runs and 20 RBI.
The only option would be for either Story or Adames to play a different position. Of the two, only Adames has played anywhere other than short stop, and that was second base. The Brewers have Kolten Wong entrenched at second base, making that move unrealistic.
Of course, the trade would make more sense if the National League had a DH. However, that will not happen until next season, and that would be if it is worked into the CBA.
He Would Be a Rental
Which brings up the next point: Story would not even be in Milwaukee next season to make this potential deal make sense. His contract is up after this season, and the Brewers would likely need to send multiple top prospects in order to acquire Story. That is just too much for so short a stint.
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