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Dodgers News: Trea Turner Will Play for Team USA in 2023 WBC

We don’t know right now whether Trea Turner will be a Dodger next spring, but we know he’ll be teammates with Mookie Betts and Will Smith, as it was announced on Wednesday that Turner will be joining Team USA for the 2023 World Baseball Classic in March.

Betts and Smith were announced as members of the team over the past week, and third-base coach Dino Ebel will fill that same role on manager Mark DeRosa’s staff. Turner gives the Dodgers three players on Team USA, pending Trea’s free-agency adventure this winter.

It’s always fun to see the best players wanting to represent their countries, and in addition to Betts and Smith, Turner joins Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, and several other huge stars on Team USA. With dual-citizen Freddie Freeman slated to play for Team Canada, the top four hitters in the Los Angeles lineup will be otherwise occupied in March, which is good news for Cactus League pitchers.

Turner is batting .307 this year, second on the team behind Freeman in batting average and second in the majors behind Freeman with 161 hits. Turner and Freeman have both started every game this year and are hoping for a lengthy postseason run, but both plan to be ready for an early start in the spring for fifth iteration of the World Baseball Classic. The United States will be defending its title, having won the last time the tournament was played in 2017. The 2021 WBC was canceled due to the pandemic.

Turner is ALL IN; the only question left is which MLB team he’ll be representing.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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