Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story had been one of the most discussed names on the trade market for months. A sinking Rockies team in an ultra-competitive National League West and his expiring contract made the 28-year-old a virtual lock to be moved at the deadline.
Except that didn't happen. As Friday's MLB trade deadline passed, Story found himself staying put and isn't quite sure why.
“I’m confused," Story told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. "And I don’t have really anything good to say about the situation and how it unfolded."
Story was later scratched from Friday's lineup against the San Diego Padres.
While Story is having a notably down year at the plate, he's still slashing .240/.312/.429 with 13 home runs, 17 stolen bases and 48 RBI in 89 games. That's without much power around him in the Rockies lineup.
Speaking to reporters after the deadline, interim general manager Bill Schmidt said the team wasn't impressed enough with offers for Story and chose to keep him in Colorado for the rest of the season, then deal with the fallout over the winter.
"With what we were offered, we thought the [competitive balance] pick was better suited for us and we could have Trevor on our team for another two months," Schmidt said. "If [any deals] were close, we probably would've got to the finish line."
Schmidt also chose to take starter Jon Gray off the market because the team believes it can re-sign him this offseason.
The Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and New York Mets were all reportedly interested in Story at various points before the deadline, but those clubs were able to fulfill their needs by trading with other clubs.
Chicago acquired second baseman Cesar Hernandez from Cleveland, the Rays added Nelson Cruz and Jordan Luplow in separate deals, the Yankees pulled off blockbuster moves for Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo and the Mets acquired Javier Baez from the Chicago Cubs.
Notably, each of those teams gave up a number of highly-touted assets to make the deals happen, which only adds to the intrigue over what the Rockies turned down.
In all likelihood, Story will not be on the Rockies after this season. The only difference now is he'll have to do it in free agency.