Move Trevor Story to Third
Trevor Story certainly is a tantalizing player, as he has great talent and flashy plays. He also has spent his career playing in Denver, Colorado, known for producing inflated offensive numbers. This is definitely a concern if the Mariners were to sign him. However, he also brings incredible upside as a 29-year-old who has played shortstop his whole career in Colorado. The Mariners could bring him in to move over to third base to help them make the playoffs.
While Story brings several question marks coming from Colorado, he still has lots of upside. He is only going to be 29 for the 2022 season, so he is still close to his prime years, and could have a massive year again at 29. The Mariners have proven to be able to improve players on defense, which Story needs. He has not been a great defender at shortstop, but he has a good arm that should help him if he were to move over to third base, next to J.P. Crawford.
Trevor Story also brings a large threat of right-handed power to the Mariners lineup. He does have Coors field effects that suggest that he could never be the same player again, but he also could learn how to hit in a more normal environment. He only hit 24 home runs last year, but according to Baseball Savant, would have hit 46 in Seattle. That is a huge jump but he could be expected to hit about 30 a year, which would be a huge boost for the Mariners.
If the Mariners gave Story a 3 or 4 year deal for about $20 million a year, that would be a very good deal for the franchise and not hamstring them in any way, shape, or form. The last option for third base lies in a division rival that Seattle could trade for: