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.
The Rangers also have interest in marquee infielders Marcus Semien and Corey Seager, sources told Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
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.