Trevor Story will “mess up” Fenway Park’s Green Monster, Rockies’ Ryan McMahon says

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Fenway Park’s famed Green Monster is going to need a new paint job once Trevor Story gets finished with it.

“Man, he’s going to mess that thing up. Seriously,” Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon predicted Sunday after word came down earlier in the day that Story and the Boston Red Sox had agreed to a six-year, $140 million contract.

Story, a right-handed pull hitter, has elite power. His 158 career home runs are the second-most by a shortstop within their first six seasons in major league history, trailing only Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks (183).

Story and McMahon are close friends. At the Rockies’ final home game last season, when it was becoming apparent that Story was going to leave Colorado and become a free agent, the two embraced on the field at the end of the game.

<p>“When I heard about (him signing) today, I wasn’t surprised,” McMahon said. “I’d already made peace with it and I wasn’t expecting him to come back.”</p> <p>Boston’s preliminary plan is to move Story to second base while Xander Bogaerts remains at shortstop, at least for this season. Story, a two-time all-star with Colorado, never played anything but shortstop during his six seasons in Colorado.</p> <p>Rockies manager Bud Black doesn’t see an issue with Story switching positions.</p> <p>“Trevor’s a baseball player first,” he said. “He’s athletic, he’ll be able to handle it. Probably this winter at some point, when it looked like he wasn’t going to come back here, he was probably practicing it already.”</p> <p>Boston is one of the majors’ best, toughest and most demanding baseball cities. Story is coming from a much tamer environment, but Black predicts that Story won’t have any problems adjusting.</p>   <p>“I think he will enjoy (Boston),” Black said. “I do think, in a lot of ways, that he’s a baseball fan.”</p> <p>The Rockies pushed hard to retain Story last summer but he turned down their multiple contract offers, making it clear that he wanted to sign with a contending team. He also rejected Colorado’s $18.4 million qualifying offer.</p> <p>Despite a subpar 2021 season — .251 average, 24 home runs, .801 OPS, a career-high 14 errors and a sore right elbow — Story is an accomplished power hitter. He hit 37 home runs in 2018, 35 in 2019, and 11 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.</p> <p>B-Rod update. The Rockies are taking precautions with starting second baseman Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers, suffering from lower-back tightness, was scratched from the lineup Saturday just before the Rockies’ 8-5 loss to the Giants. Rodgers was not in the lineup again Sunday against the White Sox.</p> <p>Black, however, said Sunday that the club is just being careful, adding, “He’ll be fine.”</p> <p>Rodgers began last season on the injured list with a right hamstring strain sustained during a Cactus League game on March 31. He did not begin playing for the Rockies until May 21.</p> <p>Footnotes. The Yankees claimed left-hander Yoan Aybar off waivers from Colorado Sunday. Aybar, obtained from Boston in a trade, was designated for assignment to make room for Kris Bryant, who was signed to an eight-year, $182 million deal on Friday. Aybar pitched at Double-A Hartford last year. … All of the players on the 40-man roster were in camp by Sunday afternoon except for Yonathan Daza. The outfielder from Venezuela, should be in camp by Monday morning. He’s been dealing with visa issues.

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