In not so shocking news, Trea Turner has officially declined the Dodgers qualifying offer of $19.65 million and will remain a free agent. Turner was expected to make huge money this offseason and the Dodgers will now enter a bidding war with other teams expected to offer Turner contracts in the $300 million range.
The talents that Turner brought to the Dodgers this season can’t be understated, and it’s clear his value is seen across the entire league. Turner may look to the East Coast once again, which he has been open to returning to, but this doesn’t immediately rule out the Dodgers to bring him back.
Trea Turner has officially declined the $19.65 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers. No surprise here. He remains a free agent.
— Noah Camras (@noahcamras) November 15, 2022
In the case of Turner’s departure, this opens the door once again for the Dodgers to sign a big name like Carlos Correa. The Dodgers can also throw a curveball and go after Aaron Judge, who is also expected to break the bank.
The production of Turner can’t be replicated after what looked like a career year for the shortstop, so priority number one for the Dodgers will be bringing him back. After losing Tyler Anderson to the Angels, the Dodgers do have some flexibility to spend money elsewhere.
Will the Dodgers spent the money to bring Turner back, or will they shift their focus to other top free agents?
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