It’s the same deal that Javier Baez signed with the Detroit Tigers before the lockout, only that Story’s contract also contains a club option for 2028.
It’s a lucrative deal for a solid player.
Originally, Story was expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday, but that’s not the plan anymore.
MLB.com’s beat reporter for the Red Sox Ian Browne announced that Story won’t play tomorrow because he has an important family matter to attend: he is going to be a father.
“Trevor Story left camp for the birth of his child. He will be gone for a few days. Would have made his debut tomorrow,” Browne tweeted.
Trevor Story left camp for the birth of his child. He will be gone for a few days. Would have made his debut tomorrow.
— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) March 25, 2022
Story Is A Bit Behind His Teammates
Story, who completed his contract this week, is a bit behind his teammates in their preparations for the regular season since he was one of the last free agents to sign.
However, family, and especially children, come first.
With the regular season starting on April 7 for the Red Sox (agains the New York Yankees, no less), Story still has some time to get some important tune-up at-bats.
He is running out of the time, though.
The right-handed hitting Story blasted 24 home runs and stole 20 bases in a 2021 season in which he didn’t show his best version.
The best version of Story can hit more than 35 home runs and steal about 25 bases in a single campaign while playing excellent defense at shortstop.
The Red Sox hope to see that player sooner or later, but it may take a while for him to peak into his best form.