Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, July 30 without the Colorado Rockies trading shortstop Trevor Story or right-handed starter Jon Gray, both impending free agents. According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Rockies will instead extend Story the qualifying offer at year's end and collect draft-pick compensation assuming he signs with another club. Meanwhile, rumors have Gray wanting to work toward an extension to remain in Colorado.
It's unclear what the Rockies were offered for Story and Gray by other teams, but clearly they didn't find any of the proposals to their liking. That comes as a surprise, seeing as how most clubs in Colorado's position -- e.g. bad and rebuilding -- would've gladly taken the best package as they looked toward the future.
Story, for his part, didn't seem pleased with how things played out. "I'm confused and I don't have really anything good to say about the situation and how it unfolded," he told The Denver Post.
Story, 28, has had an uncharacteristically poor season relative to his normal standards. In 88 games this season, he's hit .240/.312/.429 (91 OPS+) with just 13 home runs and 17 steals (on 22 attempts). Story also missed a chunk of time earlier this season because of elbow inflammation. We ranked Story as the summer's No. 3 trade candidate, behind Kris Bryant and Max Scherzer (both of whom were traded).
The Rockies, it should be noted, made a management change earlier in the season. Jeff Bridich stepped down from his general manager post, only to be replaced on an interim basis by former scouting director Bill Schmidt.
The Rockies are 44-59 on the season, good for fourth place in the National League West.