Report: Trevor Story’s vaccination status nearly derails Sox deal originally appeared in NBC Sports Boston
After Story agreed to the multi-year deal on Sunday morning, there were “fears” the deal would fall apart because the All-Star infielder was “unwilling to receive a COVID-19 vaccine” ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports Thursday.
Story agreed to get the vaccine on Tuesday, according to Passan, whom the Red Sox introduced at a press conference the next day.
If Story is not vaccinated at the start of the 2022 season, he will be ineligible to travel to Canada for Boston’s 10-game road game in Toronto against the American League East rivals the Blue Jays.
He also has to comply with MLB’s stricter COVID policy for unvaccinated players, who must quarantine for at least 10 days after testing positive for the virus and if they have “close contact” with someone on the team Must be quarantined for at least 5 days. Tested positive.
The story doesn’t share the reason for his decision to get the vaccine now, but confirms he will be able to travel to Toronto when the Red Sox face the Blue Jays on April 25.
“It’s a very personal thing. Decisions like this are between me and my family,” Storey told Passan. “But having said that, I’m going to serve my teammates over 162. That’s the main part.”
Interestingly, Sand Bogartz May have played a role in influencing Story’s decision. The Red Sox shortstop, who also wasn’t vaccinated last season but decided to do so this offseason, Call Story this offseason and sell him to Bostonand the topic of vaccines may have emerged.
“He contacted me and we chatted on the phone for a while,” Storey said at a news conference on Wednesday. “Those things stayed between us, but he didn’t have to do that.
“It’s just showing his character and talking to his kind of guy. He wants to win, he wants me to come here. It makes me feel comfortable jumping off, but as far as what’s actually said, I Think to stay between us.”
Passan noted that Story isn’t an isolated case, and other teams have been wary of signing unvaccinated free agents. However, both the story and the Red Sox appear to have addressed their concerns, so when Boston faces a fully loaded Blue Jays in Toronto this season, they’ll be all out.