The move many Dodger fans expected has officially come to fruition: Trea Turner has signed a huge deal to join the Philadelphia Phillies.
This move doesn’t come as much of a surprise. All year long, rumors swirled about Turner wanting to return to the East Coast, where he had spent the first six-and-a-half years of his career. The Phillies seemed like the perfect fit for many reasons, and now, they make it official.
BREAKING: Shortstop Trea Turner and the Philadelphia Phillies are in agreement on a contract, a source tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 5, 2022
Turner received a massive deal from Philadelphia, reported to be for 11 years and $300 million. He also has a full no trade clause.
Turner has officially set the shortstop market, and it is even higher than expected. The Phillies giving 11 years to a 29-year-old shortstop just shows how committed they were to making this deal happen.
Turner did just about everything for the Dodgers in 2022. Hitting at the top of the lineup, he slashed .298/.343/.466 with 21 home runs and 100 RBIs. He also hit 39 doubles, stole 27 bases and scored 101 runs.
In the postseason, he had two huge home runs, but also a few costly errors. Either way, he leaves a huge hole at the shortstop position for LA.
Luckily, the Dodgers had to have seen this coming. They’ve been heavily linked to the other top shortstops — Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogaerts — and could make a move via the trade market. If not, however, we may very well see Gavin Lux lining up as the everyday shortstop come next season.
The chaos has officially begun, as the first real dominoes have started to fall. The time is now for Andrew Friedman to swing a deal — so let’s see what he has up his sleeve.
Have you subscribed to our YouTube Channel yet? Subscribe and hit that notification bell to stay up to date on all the latest Dodgers news, rumors, interviews, live streams, and more!