Many Dodger fans knew it was inevitable that Trea Turner was leaving the club to go elsewhere, but when it finally happened, it was heartbreaking.
Turner decided to go east as we all expected and sign with the Philadephia Phillies for 11 years, $300 million taking him into his Age 41 season.
The 29-year-old was introduced to Phillie faithful on Thursday, and he expressed why he chose the Phillies over every other team that was in the running for him.
“Dombrowski, the club’s president of baseball operations, did not hide his intentions. He was transparent, and it set the tone for the negotiations. In baseball, obfuscation has become an art. Teams are more secretive than ever.
“I’m going to be honest with you,” Turner said to the three men. “All I ask is that you be honest with me.”
The Phillies showed Turner their hand.
“I didn’t really care to play the games and all that,” Turner said Thursday as he wore red pinstripes for the first time. “He told me right there that I was their No. 1 target.”
Turner was looking for a long-term deal and secured it with the Phillies. It seems like a perfect match at the moment.
L.A. was never in on Turner because they were never going to reach those amount of years or that amount of money. That’s not the Dodgers mantra; every Dodger fan should know that. It does suck the Dodgers weren’t willing to compete for Trea, but that was established earlier in the 2022 season with Trea and his team.
Trea will be missed in Los Angeles for his explosive speed and consistent bat. He will most likely enter the Hall of Fame donning those red pinstripes.
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