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Rockies issue qualifying offer to Trevor Story, per report

Colorado will now receive a draft pick when he departs in free agency

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The Colorado Rockies have extended a qualifying offer to star shortstop Trevor Story, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

This move was widely expected. Story does not intend to re-sign with the Rockies while the team would like to receive some sort of compensation in exchange for his departure.

The talented shortstop slashed .251/.329/.471 with 24 homers, 75 RBI, 20 stolen bases, an 8.9 percent walk rate, and a 23.4 percent strikeout rate this past season. He also logged 3.993 fWAR/162, which was his highest such mark since the 2017 season.

Drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft, Story is a two-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger. He has received MVP votes on three occasions, though he never finished higher than eighth in the running.

By issuing the qualifying offer to Story, the Rockies essentially confirm that they will be paid in draft picks for his departure. The exact stipulations on which teams would forfeit which picks are explained here.

With Story’s time in Colorado coming to an end, the Rockies must shift their attention to finding his replacement at shortstop. The most glaring answer is Brendon Rodgers, who was only sent to second base in the majors due to Story’s presence. Ryan McMahon, who played 52 games at second base this past year, would presumably then replace Rodgers on the right side of the infield.