Report: Rangers met with Story, also interested in Semien, Corey Seager
The Texas Rangers are pushing for some high-priced infield upgrades.
Texas hosted free-agent shortstop Trevor Story on Tuesday, sources told Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. The team reportedly outlined its vision to Story - a native of the Dallas area - though it's unclear if further negotiations are underway.
Agent Scott Boras, who represents both Semien and Seager, has met with Rangers brass, Grant reports.
Story is among the headliners of a stacked group of free-agent shortstops this offseason. He's coming off a bit of a down season with the Colorado Rockies, though, hitting .251/.329/.471 with 24 homers, 75 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases across 142 games.
The 29-year-old has been a steady hand on both sides of the ball throughout his six-year career, surpassing the 30-homer mark twice and recording a pair of 30-20 seasons en route to two Silver Slugger awards. With the glove, his 69 defensive runs saved are the third-most among shortstops since 2016.
Semien, meanwhile, finished third in AL MVP voting after setting a record for home runs by a second baseman and winning a Gold Glove. The 31-year-old offers versatility as a natural shortstop who only shifted to the keystone upon signing with the Toronto Blue Jays last winter.
Seager, the 2020 World Series MVP, posted a .915 OPS in 95 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers this year. A two-time Silver Slugger winner, he's averaged 17 homers and 58 RBIs a season during his seven-year career.
All three are attached to draft-pick compensation after rejecting qualifying offers from their respective teams.
The Rangers just wrapped up their first 100-loss season in 48 years but are aiming for a quick and pricey fix in free agency. They're reportedly open to increasing payroll by as much as $100 million this winter.
Middle infield - and particularly shortstop - is an area of need for the club. Texas ranked in the bottom 10 of total production at both shortstop and second base in 2021.