Colorado Rockies for Trevor Story
Top-prospect Brendan Rodgers is on the brink of starting his MLB career. The only thing standing in his way is the stellar middle infield the Rockies have: Nolan Arenado, DJ Lemahieu, and Trevor Story.
Though it is probable that Rodgers will eventually take Lemahieu’s job, he wouldn’t have to if Story played somewhere other than Colorado. Adding Abreu’s power numbers (could you imagine his slugging percentage in Coors Field), the Rockies would be in a nice position to take a Wild Card spot or perhaps even take the crown in the close NL West race.
A trade with the Rockies could help the White Sox in a number of different ways with a number of combinations. Story can play the middle infield and perhaps even third. But one of the best options for Rick Renteria is moving Tim Anderson to second, Yoan Moncada to third and putting Story at shortstop. As for first base, Matt Davidson or Daniel Palka (when Avisail Garcia returns) could take over.
Another option is converting Anderson to an outfielder. With his subpar fielding skills he’s displayed over his short time in Chicago, his speed and agility could play nicely in the outfield. Now moving Moncada back to second leaves room for Gavin Sheets at first or DH. I don’t mention Jake Burger because his recent Achilles injuries tell me he may have a better shot making it to Chicago by converting to a full-time first baseman. Not to mention DH always being an option.
Colorado Rockies for Brendan Rodgers
This year, Trevor Story is hitting a slash line of .270/.343/.527 with an OPS of .870. Brendan Rodgers is a guy I’d expect to put up similar numbers. In this trade, Rodgers or Story seem to be interchangeable.
I’d imagine Colorado would be willing to part ways with Rodgers given the fact that Story is a couple years ahead of him in terms of development. But in the next five to six years, it’ll prove that either option would’ve been a solid trade for both teams.
If the trade with Rodgers goes through, everything mentioned before, from Moncada to third to Timmy in the outfield, stays the same. The only thing that changes is Rodgers instead of Story.