MLB Rumors: Latest Buzz on Yankees' Trevor Story Interest, Joe Kelly, More

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2021

MLB Rumors: Latest Buzz on Yankees' Trevor Story Interest, Joe Kelly, More

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    Trevor Story is one of the best shortstops in Major League Baseball, but might one of the league's most prestigious franchises have already soured on the idea of adding him to their lineup?

    That is the topic of one of the reports surrounding MLB free agents as the season draws to its end and all eyes turn to the offseason.

    Find out the latest on the Colorado Rockies star, as well as two veteran players whose options will not be picked up by their current teams.

Have the Yankees Soured on Trevor Story?

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    The New York Yankees will be looking for a shortstop in the offseason, and among the available options is Colorado Rockies star Trevor Story. He, the Houston Astros' Carlos Correa and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Corey Seager represent a wealth of talent at that position.

    According to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch during a Q&A with Talkin' Yanks, members of the Bronx Bombers front office have soured on Story. Hoch also revealed the team tried to trade for him but was unable to make the deal happen.

    No further explanation for why the team has lost interest in Story was provided.

    Story blasted 24 home runs in 2021, amassed 75 RBI and had an OPS of .801, per MLB.com.

    His home run numbers are impressive. He is tied with Francisco Lindor of the New York Mets with 158 homers, the fourth-most of anyone to play 50 percent of their games at the shortstop position. In 2019, he hit his 100th homer in just his 448th game, crushing a record previously held by Alex Rodriguez (470).

    The Rockies play in a hitter-friendly park, potentially skewing those numbers and leaving doubts about his ability to replicate his success with the bat away from Coors Field, but that is hardly the only reason for his success.

    Story is a strong defensive player, was considered for a Golden Glove and is one of the fastest players in the majors at his position. He is a complete player, and while he may not have the buzz and recognition of World Series champions Correa and Seager, he will make any team that picks him up happy.

    And, potentially, make the Yankees miserable.

Seattle to Decline Option on Kyle Seager

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    Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported Sunday that "multiple Major League Baseball sources confirmed that [Kyle] Seager received official notification that the Mariners would not exercise his 2022 option in an email from assistant general manager Justin Hollander on Thursday."

    For the Mariners, the decision is strictly business. By not exercising Seager's option, the club owes him $2 million versus the $20 million payout that would come with picking up that option.

    A power player, the third basemen tallied a stat line that included 35 homers and 101 RBI in 2021.

    At 33 and with 10 MLB seasons under his belt, Seager could be a valuable asset for a team looking to make a splash in the postseason. A contender in need of a slugger at the third base position would benefit from picking up Seager.

    Seattle was trending in the right direction toward the end of the season with playoff aspirations still alive late. It will have to replace Seager's offensive output, and while that may not prove too difficult, replacing the emotional connection between the player and the city will be.

Dodgers to Decline Option on Joe Kelly

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    "We're at this little crossroads, where we have a lot of guys who are free agents and a lot of guys that have been building blocks for this franchise for a long time," pitcher Walker Buehler said after the Dodgers' Game 6 NLCS loss to Atlanta. "I hope everyone's back. But that's not the reality of the situation, and we're going to have to build from within, like we always do, and bring some guys back."

    Buehler's words proved prophetic.

    The biceps strain that prompted Joe Kelly's removal from the NLCS roster, as well as a lofty $8 million payout, has resulted in the Dodgers' choosing not to pick up the right-hander's option for next season, per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times (h/t Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors).

    Uncertainty surrounding his availability next season, as well as the team's desire to retain other, more pertinent pieces of their lineup, makes the decision slightly easier.

    Inconsistent may be the best way to describe Kelly, who can be dazzling but also erratic. In his favor is a 2.86 ERA in 48 appearances.

    Any team looking to pick up Kelly in the offseason will likely wait for a full ETA on his return to the mound because such information is not currently available.

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