We still don’t know who will be the Dodgers’ starting shortstop in 2023, but we do know that, for the third time in the last five offseasons, L.A. has lost their starting shortstop to a free-agent mega-deal. Like Manny Machado and Corey Seager before him, Trea Turner has parlayed a job as L.A.’s shortstop into a $300 million cotract.
Los Angeles president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman met with the media at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, and he shed a little light on the negotiations between the Dodgers and Turner.
#Dodgers Friedman: "We had a lot of different conversations over the last year with his camp and we had a pretty good feel for what they were looking for, they had a pretty good feel of where we were, and at times it's kind of what makes the world go 'round." (2/2)
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) December 6, 2022
Reading between the lines, it sounds like Friedman has known for a while that Turner wasn’t coming back. “What they were looking for” probably involves the east coast, and “where we were” almost certainly was a number much lower than the 11 years Philadelphia gave Trea. Turner probably didn’t know he’d be getting 11 years, but he was certainly aware the Dodgers wouldn’t be giving him the length he was looking for.
As Friedman said, Philadelphia fans will enjoy having Turner around. He’s a dynamic offensive player and a catalyst at the top of the lineup. He can be streaky, but when the streaks are going well, he’s as good as anybody at the plate. Coming off a World Series appearance, it makes sense for the Phillies to go for it with Trea.
The question now becomes: Do the Dodgers pivot? And if so, to whom?
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