One of the biggest off-season stories will belong to Trea Turner as the baseball world waits to see which team he will go to next. Turner has been one of the best shortstops in the game and is a big reason the Dodgers were setting records all season long with him at the top of batting order, but the Dodgers may have to prepare for his departure.
Turner is set to command big money, similar to Corey Seager‘s $325 million deal, and it may be something the Dodgers can’t afford or are unwilling to match. There’s no doubt the Dodgers are going to try to bring Turner back, but in the case of Turner leaving the Dodgers are open to moving Gavin Lux to shortstop and replace Turner.
Andrew Friedman said #Dodgers "will have discussions with the other free agent shortstops as well while Trea (Turner) is going out and exploring things on his end."
Also said they "feel good" about Gavin Lux taking over as every-day SS if it plays out that way.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) November 9, 2022
This gives an idea of how they feel about Lux moving forward if needed to fill the role, but if Turner were to return it may also mean the departure of Lux. The smoke and mirrors of the off-season surely is coming into play and perhaps will give teams a chance to see how the Dodgers value their players.
Although Lux primarily played second base for the Dodgers in 2022, shortstop is also a position of familiarity and was a position he became accustomed to with the departure of Seager. Before Turner joined the team with a trade right before the deadline, Lux was making a name for himself although there was a still a glaring need for improvement.
Lux can be serviceable at shortstop with Turner’s departure, but bringing back Turner would provide a much bigger improvement in a position of need.
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