Trevor Story was one of the top free agents heading into last MLB offseason. The former Colorado Rockies shortstop highlighted a strong free-agent class at the position.
The 99-day lockout from December to March delayed things a bit, but Story ultimately ended up signing with the Red Sox to play second base.
In an exclusive interview with Rob Bradford of the Audacy Original Podcast “The Bradfo Sho” Story shared why he signed in Boston and detailed the Red Sox’ recruiting efforts.
“It was cool, man. It was obviously helpful,” Story said of the Red Sox recruiting him (6:55 in player above). “To me, it meant a lot. I think having Kiké, Nate, Sale, Bogey, all these guys reaching out and just kind of telling me, ‘Hey man, we want you,’ just telling me different things about the team and the staff and everybody and how it’s a really good group. And I’m glad they weren’t lying because it’s an important thing and I think the recruiting process is a part of the game and I think it’s cool that they did that. It made me feel wanted and it made me feel comfortable with the guys right away. It all happened so fast, so I guess that’s a good way to put it.”
It didn’t take long for the Red Sox to reach out to him, Story revealed.
“Right as the lockout lifted, they were the first team when they were able to reach out, they were the first team and it was very steady,” he said. “It was obvious that both sides were passionate about making it work. That, along with the players reaching out, too. I think especially Bogey, that was a big one, and I think once we were all kind of on the same page it was a done deal.”
Story didn’t make the playoffs last season so he watched the AL Wild Card Game like many fans out there. He was impressed with the Fenway Park atmosphere and it played a factor in his decision as well.
Despite an injury-riddled season that caused Story and the Red Sox to struggle, he doesn’t have any regrets.
“It was everything that I expected and everything that I wanted,” he said. Playing half the games here at Fenway is a huge advantage. The fans are super passionate. Everyone wants to win. This whole town wants to win. Everyone’s on fire for the Red Sox and that was huge for me.”
The Red Sox’ stars helped bring Story to Boston last offseason, and he’s ready to return the favor by recruiting this winter.
“I know the role it played for me so I’m definitely up for it,” Story said.
The upcoming free-agent class is expected to be a good one, highlighted by Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa possibly opting out, as well as top shortstops Trea Turner and the Red Sox’ own Xander Bogaerts.