Is Story still in play for Yankees?

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MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest rumblings surrounding Rockies shortstop Trevor Story. Eligible for free agency this offseason, Story is a candidate to be dealt before the Trade Deadline on July 30.

July 26: Yankees continue to discuss trade for Story (report)
Sunday brought another rough loss for the Yankees against the rival Red Sox, but the club continues to explore buying opportunities prior to Friday’s Trade Deadline.

According to a report from Brendan Kuty of nj.com (subscription required), discussions between the Yankees and Rockies involving shortstop Trevor Story continued over the weekend. The Yankees have reportedly made an offer, per MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, however no deal is imminent and the Rockies have not made a final decision on whether they plan to move Story before the Deadline. More >

July 23: Yankees check in with Rockies on Story
One figured the Yankees would throw their hat in the ring for just about every big available name on this year's Trade Deadline market as they try to turn their season around. It appears the pinstripes have done just that with Story. A source tells MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that the Yankees have checked in with the Rockies about their star shortstop, who could find a home in New York's infield if DJ LeMahieu slides over to first base.

Money could come into play here, Feinsand notes, as Story's salary would bump the Yankees right up to the competitive balance tax (CBT) threshold. New York might want the Rockies to pay down some of that salary to facilitate a trade, but Colorado might be reluctant to do so after paying a significant amount of Nolan Arenado's remaining contract in his trade to the Cardinals.

July 22: Story reportedly drawing interest as a center fielder
The Colorado Rockies are the only organization that Trevor Story has ever known as a pro. That might change prior to the July 30 Trade Deadline, and that might not be the only change in Story's baseball future if he is dealt. According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, at least one team is interested in Story "with the idea of playing him in center field" instead of at shortstop.

Story has never played in the outfield -- much less in center field -- in the Minor or Major Leagues since his career began in 2011. However, Story, whose Sprint Speed ranks in the 88th percentile in baseball at 28.7 feet per second, has the athleticism to cover a lot of ground. And outside-the-box thinking might become a theme as front offices effort to find the right fit to upgrade their club.

“Everyone is trying to be as uber-creative as they can to try to win,” an AL executive told Feinsand.

July 22: Teams "engaged" with Rockies on Story
It remains to be seen whether the Rockies will actually decide to trade Story before the Deadline, but teams are obviously checking in with Colorado's front office. Sources tell Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that at least six to eight teams have opened discussions with the Rockies regarding a Story trade, though Colorado interim general manager Bill Schmidt pushed back a bit by saying that number was "a little high."

One team that has "checked in" with the Rockies regarding Story is the Yankees, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. If New York was to swing a deal to land the star shortstop, Gleyber Torres would likely move back to second base, as Olney notes.

As for Story himself, he told the Post on Tuesday that he doesn't know which teams are contacting the Rockies.

“Until something happens, I really don’t want to know," said Story. "That’s what I told my (management) team.”

July 15: Rockies GM not committed to Story trade
As the focus in Colorado shifts away from the All-Star Game and over to what the Rockies do with Story in the next couple weeks, interim general manager Bill Schmidt indicated Thursday that his club could wind up holding onto its star shortstop past the July 30 Trade Deadline.

“Yes, we do have decisions to make," Schmidt told The Denver Post, "but we don’t have to move players for financial reasons. At the end of the day, it will be about what we can get back. We are not a farm system for other people.

“It will come down to this," Schmidt continued. "If we are offered something in a trade, is it good for the Rockies? If an offer is made, we will evaluate it and see if it makes sense. But we are not forced to do anything.”

It appears unlikely that Story will sign with the Rockies in free agency this winter. But Schmidt and the club's front office could determine that the club would get a better return via the Draft compensation pick it would receive, if Story signs elsewhere, than what it could get via trade before the Deadline. Story is struggling through his worst big league season since 2017, and he is an expensive rental piece for contenders with approximately $8 million remaining on his '21 salary.

“That might be better than what teams are offering us,” Schmidt said of a potential compensation pick, noting that fellow Rockies stars Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and Ryan McMahon were all second-round Draft selections.

July 15: Potential landing spots for Story
The Denver Post gathered six national baseball writers to discuss the state of the Rockies for an article that was published Thursday, and one of the topics centered around Story’s Trade Deadline destination.

The most common answer? The A’s, who were picked by three of the six writers.

This isn’t the first time Oakland has been linked to Story, although there were some reports last month that downplayed the A’s chances of going after the Rockies shortstop.

The A’s could certainly use an upgrade at the position. Elvis Andrus has produced a .599 OPS this season, tied for the fourth-lowest mark among qualifiers. However, there’s a question of whether the small-market club is willing to take on all of Story’s remaining salary, which will be nearly $6 million after the Deadline.

The White Sox and Reds were also mentioned, and one writer even predicted that Story wouldn’t be traded at all.

It would be mildly surprising to see the White Sox pursue Story, as they already have Tim Anderson at shortstop. However, they do have a need for a second baseman after Nick Madrigal suffered a season-ending hamstring injury and could potentially use Story to fill the hole.

The Reds were connected to Story this past offseason, but they ended up opening the season with Eugenio Suárez as their everyday shortstop. Cincinnati moved Suárez back to third base in May after he struggled on defense. Kyle Farmer took over the job from Suárez, but he owns a .626 OPS this season.

July 13: Rockies not feeling pressure to trade Story
After tabling trade talks involving Story until the All-Star festivities at Coors Field are completed, the Rockies are expected to ramp up efforts to trade the 28-year-old shortstop in the coming weeks. However, the team isn’t in a situation where it feels like it has to move the impending free agent, Colorado’s interim general manager, Bill Schmidt, told MLB Network insider Joel Sherman.

“We don’t have to trade him,” Schmidt said. “It is not a situation where we have to move money or my owner is telling me I have to trade [Story]. It really comes down to if we feel the offer is in the best interest of the Colorado Rockies. We will listen to what people have to say, but we are not just giving this player away.”

If there is no team willing to meet the Rockies’ demands, the club could still get something back for Story by making him a qualifying offer, which he’d likely reject. Players who reject QOs are tied to Draft-pick compensation, and Schmidt has seen how those compensatory picks can pay off.

As Sherman noted in his article for the New York Post on Tuesday, Schmidt was the Rockies’ VP of scouting when the club selected Story with a supplemental pick in the 2011 Draft. The club received that pick after losing Octavio Dotel in free agency.