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Dodgers News: Trea Turner Signs Massive Deal With Phillies

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.



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.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Associate Staff Writer for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan since he was a kid, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin — but Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are very quickly making a case to be on that list.

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23 Comments

  1. I suppose “coming in third” on every free agent is a little too obvious an answer. At least Turner is not staying in the division.

  2. Allegiance be damned, its all about the money. Baseball needs to do something about these insane salaries as its ruining the game and getting far to expensive for the average fan.

    1. This entire off season has been for the Dodgers to reset the cbt, and go hard for aav megadeals next year for Ohtani and players to be named later to make a WS run.

  3. Would have liked to see him stay, but 11 years? The back half of that contract is an albatross..

  4. If the Dodgers go with Lux, then they are saving their dollars for next year and will sign Ohtani. They also still need to take care of Urias and Buehler.

  5. Mr. Richards, I completely agree with you. We missed out on three big free agents (free?) In all probability, AF has a trade or two (or more) in mind. It is interesting.

  6. It was inevitable. Lost one of the games’ purest hitter and elite athlete. Reunited with Kevin Long, his hitting coach, who made him to hit with power and average…something the Dodgers need more of. However, I knew the Dodgers were not going long term.

  7. It’s a smart deal the aav is 27.2 mill which helps on annual salary. With 5% inflation the value drops 1.36 million every year, with compounding more than that. By years 8-11 it’s second year arbitration money. It adjusts for decaying performance, somewhat like deferred money but you gm get something out of it. The total package is reduced to 270 million by this years inflation.

    1. Yes but 270 mil and tied to a player who relies quite a bit on speed into his forties is not something the Dodgers would do.As good as he is he’s not Moo
      kie level!

  8. I can’t help ask why the dodgers have lost so many of their front line players to free agency, especially when they have matched competing offers. Could it also be something other than explanations of wanting to play on the east coast (Turner), or the liking of the manager and coach with the Rangers last year (Seager). Yes, they’ve been given a boatload of money, but the dodgers are rich. They could give that kind of money too. Could it have anything to do with the way the dodgers are managed and handled? Just asking.

    1. It has everything to do with how the Dodgers are manged and handled. It starts at the top with Stan Kasten and then makes a straight line to Andrew Friedman. Everyone else is just along for the ride…

  9. Dodgers aren’t in the business of giving out these long term contracts in the 7 to 11 year range, which Trea just signed. Mookie was the exception, as he was 27 or 28 when he signed it and was a proven talen and leader. Trea isn’t worth that many years. Dodgers are not going to spend big this year to make sure they are under the tax treshold and be prepared next year to spend big on Ohtani.

    1. Ohtani is one pitch from a second ucl surgery that will convert him to relief pitcher. How do you work a relief pitcher into a line up and keep him available to pitch?

  10. Eleven years is ridiculously long for a shortstop entering his age 30 season. He will not be worth the money for the 2d half of that contract. The CBT has not been going up as fast as inflation, so he is going to be taking up too large a percentage of the Phillies’ budget for many years. This trend to give older star players a higher and higher percentage of the CBT will be seen as a mistake. This off season not signing Tyler Anderson was a mistake, but the other non-signings have made good sense. Yes, save money for free agents after the 2023 season.

  11. It all starts and ends with management, I personally don’t think alot of the players are real happy with the Doc? He’s a loser when it counts.

  12. I understand what is being said here above about the dodgers not wanting to give out these long term contracts, especially to players who will be older in the second half of their contracts, and wanting to come in under the luxury tax and the proposition of spending bigger next year, and giving the newer, younger players a chance to show what they can bring, etc. But having Freeman and Betts in their supposed prime, along with what’s left of the pitching staff, shouldn’t this be the time the dodgers should be doing what they can to get back to the world series? Otherwise, why go out and sign Betts and Freeman to the contracts they got? Or are they okay with putting a second place team on the field, while still putting people in the stands but saving money. If so, maybe Kershaw should have held out some more before re-signing.

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