Trea Turner has left the Dodgers, signing a 743-year deal with the Phillies worth a gajillion and four dollars. That means that right now, we still don’t know who L.A.’s starting shortstop will be in 2023.
When Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts met with the media at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, he was asked about one specific possible replacement for Turner, and his answers were somewhat evasive.
Reporter: “You mentioned the players still out there, a guy named Carlos Correa, and we know there’s a lot of scars from the fan base from 2017. How do you think he — how would he affect the clubhouse? Do you think that’s something you would have to address?”
Roberts: “Carlos is a heck of a ball player. I don’t know that answer. What I do know is that we’re about winning baseball games. Our fan base is about winning baseball games. But I don’t know how this season — but he’s a heck of a ball player.”
Reporter: “Have you addressed it?”
Roberts: “That’s all I’m going to say about that one.”
Reporter: “Have you guys addressed, like talked about that internally, if that’s how you might –”
Roberts: “We have not talked about the potential narrative. No, we have not.”
Correa, of course, was a key member of the Astros team that cheated to beat the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series. Fans are split on bringing him in, and there would definitely be a big PR effort involved if L.A. did go that direction.
Roberts’ unwillingness to discuss the topic is interesting and seems like it might mean something, but it’s hard to tell what. It’s a tough situation to be in, where a positive response could alienate some fans and a negative response could alienate a very good free agent, So maybe Doc’s evasiveness just means, “I’m not sure how to answer, so I’d rather talk about something else.”
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