There are several reasons why the Mets shouldn’t pursue Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, the primary one being that the Mets should just re-sign Javier Báez.
Báez loves playing alongside his buddy, Francisco Lindor, who was the reason he wanted to go to the Mets in the first place. Báez is also one of the best defensive players in MLB, is versatile in the field, and played incredibly for the Mets upon joining them at the trade deadline.
If the Mets sign Story, the intention will be to play him at either second or third base because of Lindor at shortstop. However, like Lindor, Story has never played anywhere other than SS.
Is that worth the risk? Because that’s what it is. The Mets would end up paying all that money on an experiment and this isn’t a team in a position to do that.
Second, it seems that only recently people stopped attributing Story’s success at the plate to the notoriously hitter-friendly Coors Field. There is much truth to that argument.
Let’s look at Story’s career numbers at home versus his numbers on the road:
Home: .303/.369/.603, .972 OPS, 430 H, 100 2B, 21 3B, 95 HR, 279 RBI, 138 BB, 393 SO
Road (five fewer games): .241/.310/.442, .752 OPS, 338 H, 80 2B, 6 3B, 63 HR, 171 RBI, 128 BB, 472 SO
The discrepancy is glaring. Story has been incredible at home, but very unremarkable on the road.
Do the Mets really want to be the trial that determines if Story is merely a product of Coors Field or a legitimately elite hitter?