Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner was one of the most popular players in Los Angeles for the first year or so of his time with the team. After an offensive slump the last week of the regular season and some key defensive lapses in the NLDS, he became somewhat more of a polarizing figure among L.A. fans.
But according to our latest poll (voting is still open!), Dodger fans appear to be heavily on board with Trea remaining with the Dodgers when the dust settles from his free agency.
Should the Dodgers re-sign Trea Turner? #DNpolls
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 26, 2022
At the time of this writing, there have been 4,693 votes cast, and 3,637 voters (77.5%) said yes, the Dodgers should re-sign Turner.
This could be a sign that people are starting to get over — or at least become numb to — the pain of the team’s shocking NLDS loss to the Padres. It could also just be the reality of the shortstop market setting in, and the realization that Turner might be the best option out there.
Carlos Correa has said he will opt out of his contract with the Twins, and Xander Bogaerts is likely to do the same in Boston. Dansby Swanson is heading into free agency after seven years with his hometown Braves. Beyond those three and Turner, the market gets much more murky.
Correa has the postseason track record a lot of fans are looking for, but he also has baggage — or should we say, bangage — and is coming off the worst defensive season of his career. Swanson was outstanding this year but doesn’t have the lengthy track record of sustained excellence. Bogaerts has maybe been the best hitter of the bunch over the last five years, but 2022 was his first good defensive season and he’s the oldest of the bunch.
With so many question marks around all the other possibilities — and without a surefire heir apparent in the L.A. farm system — it seems that fans are coming around to having Trea in Dodger blue for a long, long time.
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