If Reyes is suspended and when he is cleared to play the Rockies will have a dilemma on their hands. Who is their everyday shortstop? On one hand they have the high priced, probably over priced at this point in his career, Jose Reyes. There are two more years left on his contract at $22,000,000 per year, with an option for a third year. That is a lot of money for a bench player. So, they pretty much have to play Reyes over Trevor Story, but how will this effect what clearly appears to be the future of the team at that position?
Being named the starting shortstop had to be a huge confidence boost for the 23 year old Story, however could the future benching or demotion of him have the opposite effect? Could it send him in to a downward spiral of lack of confidence that he never climbs out of? Only time will tell.
I think the bigger question is why did a clearly rebuilding team even bother getting Reyes in the first place? Why spend $44,000,000 plus on a 32 year old placeholder for a team that no one thinks will be competitive? Couldn't they have traded for younger potential up and comers and find a cheap shortstop to hold down the position till they were ready for the Story to begin?
All and all the Story/Reyes tail is far from over and it will be very interesting to see how it plays out.
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