MLB Trade Rumors prediction may prove LA Angels have no shot at Trevor Story

Sep 24, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) is a big-time free agent target for the LA Angels.
Sep 24, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) is a big-time free agent target for the LA Angels. / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors held a chat on Wednesday where he talked some LA Angels baseball.

Among a few topics, he hit on Trevor Story and the prospects of him signing with the Angels. A fan comically pretending to be Story asked: "Do you see the Angels going after me on a shorter term deal. Like 1/30 or 2/55 type?"

"I can see them trying that," said Adams in response.

While this is great that the Halos would like to push for Story, Adams added something else that really doesn't bode all that well for the club.

Adams doesn't feel like Trevor Story will sign with the LA Angels.

"But I also feel like Story will still get a pretty decent multi-year deal that outpaces either of those offers," said Adams when continuing to answer the fan's question about Trevor Story and the LA Angels.

This would mean that the Halos would need to hit Story with a longer deal to make sure they acquire him, and they already have two long deals that are the two biggest contracts (AAV) in MLB on their roster (Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon). On top of that, they will eventually need to extend Shohei Ohtani. This is part of why they've been signing these starting pitchers to one-year deals.

Noah Syndergaard received a one-year deal, and so did Michael Lorenzen. They are being linked to Carlos Rodon who many are expecting to also sign a one-year deal with somebody this offseason.

Is it possible they decide to go with a long-term deal for Story? Sure, but Arte Moreno never likes to have one of the largest payrolls in baseball, and after extending Ohtani that would likely mean that he would indeed have one of the highest payrolls in baseball up until the Rendon deal is done. Raisel Iglesias' deal may be the last longer-term deal of the offseason.

That's another one to keep in mind, as it expands the Angels' payroll picture. Also, remember that Adams didn't say that he could see the Angels giving Story that longer deal as well, leaving it open-ended. Overall, there really hasn't been much buzz on that front.

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Story, arguably the best SS left on the market, is a career .272/.340/.523 (.863 OPS) hitter who averages 34 home runs and 101 runs per 162 games. He would make the Angels' lineup one of the best in baseball, as the only true hole they have left on their roster is shortstop.