MLB Rumors: Trevor Story Fired Agent After Red Sox Deal; Had Turned Down 2 Other Teams In Free Agency

According to a new report, Trevor Story might not have made it to Boston, if his former agents hadn't convinced him to turn down previous offers before the lockout. Although Story is quite happy with the Red Sox now, he apparently wasn't too pleased with the way his former agents (Excel Sports Management) handled his free agency. That's evidenced by the fact that he has since fired them, and changed agents. 

According to Ken Rosenthal in The Athletic, the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners both had first cracks at Story, and he was seemingly each team's first choice. They each apparently had offered similar deals to the 6-year, $140M contract he eventually signed with the Red Sox, but "because of the size of his (Story's) camp’s counter-offer," the Rangers and Mariners both moved on. 

Rangers and Mariners moved on

The Rangers, of course, pivoted and spent half a billion dollars on bringing in Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, while the Mariners, told that Story simply wasn't interested in moving off shortstop (which they intended for him to do), instead traded for Adam Frazier in one deal before the lockout, and Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez in another. The latter deal was made despite Story still being out on the market.

The 29-year-old Story, with his options diminished after the lockout, eventually agreed to move to second base to sign with the Red Sox, with Xander Bogaerts etched in at short. He, though, can become a free agent at season's end, and Story may eventually get his wish of returning to SS.

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