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Rockies Mailbag: Why would Trevor Story sign with last-place Rangers over Colorado?


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  • Greetings, Patrick. I think Bud Black is entering the final year of his contract, correct? If so, why haven’t the Rockies given him an extension yet? Or maybe he’s not coming back?
    — Eric, Broomfield

    Eric, interesting that you brought this up. I had a source tell me recently that he’d heard that Black was talking to the Rockies about a contract extension. I checked that out with general manager Bill Schmidt, who told me that wasn’t true. Schmidt added, however, that talks with Black are certainly possible in the coming months.

    In February 2019, as Black entered the final year of his initial three-year contract,

    Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders with the latest installment of his Rockies Mailbag.

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    Why would Trevor Story want to go to the Texas Rangers? They were worse than the Rockies.
    — Sandra Spraker, Salina, Kan.

    Sandra, that’s an excellent question.

    Let’s start with something Story said during the final series of the season in Phoenix. He was essentially saying farewell to Colorado.

    “I’ve always said that winning is at the top for me, and culture and environment,” Story said. “Obviously geography. There are a bunch of different things that go into it, a lot of those that we will hold close to our vest.”

    There is a lot to digest there, but “obviously geography” is a big part of the reason why Story just might sign with the Rangers. Story was born and raised in Irving, Texas, which is close to the Rangers’ home in Arlington. He still makes his offseason home in the Dallas area.

    And while you’re correct that the Rangers (60-102) were worse than the Rockies (74-87), the Rangers are expected to be big spenders this offseason. In other words, they have bottomed out and are looking to rebuild quickly.

    According to a Nov. 1 story in MLB.com, general manager Chris Young and president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said Texas plans to be “active and aggressive” in free agency and that it’s gotten the go-ahead from ownership to spend big if necessary.

    Story harbors no ill will toward the Rockies, but from what I’ve been told he doesn’t believe the franchise is close to being a contender.

    And, of course, you can’t discount the money factor. It remains to be seen which team will offer Story the best deal.

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    Greetings, Patrick. I think Bud Black is entering the final year of his contract, correct? If so, why haven’t the Rockies given him an extension yet? Or maybe he’s not coming back?
    — Eric, Broomfield

    Eric, interesting that you brought this up. I had a source tell me recently that he’d heard that Black was talking to the Rockies about a contract extension. I checked that out with general manager Bill Schmidt, who told me that …read more

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