BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Trevor Story is ready to begin the next chapter of his career here in Boston.
The Boston Red Sox officially unveiled the team's latest signing at a press conference at JetBlue Park in Fort Meyers Wednesday. Story signed a six-year contract worth $140 million after playing six years with the Colorado Rockies. Story said the pressure of playing for a team that was two games away from the World Series last year was part of the appeal of signing with the Red Sox.
"That's why I came here right? I came here to win," Story said. "I know the expectations here and I know the expectations of myself and the standard that's set here by everybody from the front office and on down."
Story spent his career in Colorado playing shortstop, but with Red Sox star Xander Bogaerts playing in the part of the infield, Story plans to play second base this season. He has never featured at second in his professional career. He said making the switch to second was motivated by his drive to win.
"I've been saying my whole career that it's about winning," Story said. "I felt that this was a really good fit for me to play second this year on this team and that's what it really came down to."
Story arrives in Boston as a two-time All-Star and a two-time Silver Slugger. He is known for his power and his speed on the basepath, having 158 career home runs and 100 stolen bases. Story has had three seasons with over 20 home runs and stolen bases. He said he is excited about bringing his game to Fenway Park.
"I took batting practice yesterday on the replica field just to see the [green] monster and get used to it," Story said. "It's going to take a little time for sure, but I'm excited because it's the most historic place in baseball. It's really an honor to put on this jersey and to play in that ballpark every night. I feel really good about how my game will adjust there."
When asked if he was worried if his hitting would take a dip now that he didn't play in the notoriously hitter's friendly Coors Field, Story said the only thing he cared about was not having to recover in the extreme altitude now that he no longer plays in Colorado.
"There's kind of that stigma around Coors Field where the ball flies, which it certainly does," Story said. "I think baseball is baseball and it's played the same at every park. That's kind of the way that I've always looked at it."
Story will wear No. 10 with the Red Sox.
WBZ's Brian Antonelli (@GuPogs) reports.