Let me tell you a story about a time when Trevor Story made sense for the New York Mets. This was a transition period before the organization traded for Francisco Lindor then extended him. That’s it. That’s the whole tale.
Extending Lindor eliminated every other major shortstop from becoming a member of the Mets for at least a few more years. Story, one of this summer’s hottest trade candidates and a free agent after the year is over, would have been a fantastic trade deadline addition for the Mets—if only they didn’t already have a star shortstop.
Some Mets fans seem to think trading for him and shifting him over to third base could work. Of course, it could, but why tempt fate? Story has never played a position other than shortstop in his major league career. As difficult as that may be, a late-season transition to the hot corner with little warning is just asking for trouble.
The idea of the Mets trading for Trevor Story is a game of Perfection
I wanted to use the whole “round peg-square hole” cliché to describe the idea of Story coming to the Mets midseason. I found something better. The game from Hasbro, Perfection.
People of a certain age may recall this from their childhood. The idea was to put different shaped pieces into the board before the timer ran out. When time was up, all of the pieces would pop out of the board, your family would laugh at you, and you’d feel like a loser.
It’s a better way to describe placing Story on the Mets than a square peg going into a round hole. You have forever to figure that one out. In Perfection, there’s limited time. That’s all the Mets would have with Story.
Let’s not forget the extensive cost of making a trade like this
The Mets need to be smart with any trades they may make this summer. There are third basemen available. Why add a shortstop and ask him to change positions on the fly? The price for Story won’t be cheap even in what has been a somewhat down year for the Colorado Rockies slugger. New York could likely add a player with a lesser star quality having a good year for far less.
The troubling issue with the Mets and any hope of adding a bat at the trade deadline has been where to play this guy. There’s no player missing anymore and the chances of seeing a slumper sit feels unlikely.
Story just happens to be a name many baseball fans know. For the home runs and name-related puns, even some who follow the game casually are familiar with him.
Mets fans hopeful they could see him put on the orange and blue this year or at any point in the future are out of luck. Shortstop is locked up and third base is not in his immediate future. The whole point of possibly trading for a third baseman is for a defensive upgrade (with a bat, of course) over J.D. Davis.
Story could give the team both, but why bother playing a game of Perfection when there are some perfectly well-suited other board games out there that fit so much better?
One late added note I would like to put in: Francisco Lindor leaving the first game after the All-Star Break early is a reminder of how quickly things can change. If he lands on the IL for an extended period of time, maybe we can find space.
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Until then, Story is a “Risk” I cannot “Connect Four” and it “Boggle(s)” my mind why some fans are asking for this kind of “Trouble.”