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Dodgers Polls: Fans Overwhelmingly Want Trea Turner Back in 2023

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.

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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  1. Absolutely bring him back..Freeman, Turner and Betts a great Combo, don’t really need Judge and platoon J.T. with youngster.

  2. I say STARTING PITCHING, STARTING PITCHING. And we need DAWGS! And if Trea leaves. We still have a shot at Xander, Dansby. Personally get Dansby for a hellva lot cheaper. And plays better defense. And Freddy Love him!

  3. Do NOT sign Judge: Bad (Post-Season) Player, Bad Teammate (threw Donaldson under Bus), Bad Age (31 and getting older, not younger) … and wants Mike Trout Money

  4. I would prefer to spend less at SS and get Dansby or Correa. I don’t want us to spend it all on Judge either. He didn’t play great in the playoffs. Having gone through what we just went through, I would prioritize guys who perform under pressure play w some fire. Pitching is a need – would like to get Rodon. Maybe go for Ohtani next year if no injuries.

    Go a year w/o major signing, and let some rookies play. Maybe Vargas is ready. We need to break the curse that, I believe, begins at spring training with the WS-or-bust mentality.

    (As for Correa, I have been as big a hater as everyone. I’d only advocate signing him if there is some form of apology. Also, tbh, I never read the report and have no idea: was he one of the actual cheaters? I have always hated him because of his comments to Bellinger, but never knew if Correa was an actual cheater. So let me know.)

    Final note, I don’t blame Roberts and I like our overall usage of analytics, which I believe is still the best approach. However, mgmt’s analytical models might need some tweaking — for example, place more weight on a pitcher’s in-game success and put less weight on things like 3xs through the order. Analytics doesn’t purport to give a “correct answer” but try to make the best choices given the data. Different teams do it better than others and our success in so many facets suggest to me that Dodgers do it the best. I believe Dodgers playoff failures have more to do with luck, bad timing, bad player leadership, the fact that other teams show up, and maybe a build up of pressure dating back to 2015 period. Of all the playoff decisions I have hated, it was mainly Kershaw in Game 5 v nationals. Other than that, I say it’s baseball. I used to love Mookie, but I really believe he sees baseball as a job, and he doesnt have the fire that we need to get through our Playoff curse. If he comes out next year, plays firey and a bit angry, I wouldn’t mind.

    Trea Turner this season reminded me of Seager in 2021 — already knew he wanted out and didn’t have the team energy. After his game 2 error, I could no longer stand him (homerun aside). TT is not a $330 M guy when you could get Dansby for half the price and same or better WAR.

    • If Dansby can be signed for half he will be in Atlanta, Correa is represented by Boras who the dodgers don’t work with. Last year he signed the short deal at higher aav with opt outs every year because he couldn’t get an offer higher than Seager. Houston knows Correa best and they said good luck see you later. Which leaves Xander and Boston wants him to stay, he is slowing and will be at third in 2 years. It’s Turner on a shorter higher aav contract, or use Lux or an unknown. You have to replace the 100 runs Trea scored and the 100 he knocked in, Chris Taylor won’t do it, Max would get closer but he won’t get there either.

  5. Keep starting four in lineup- seriously look at the rest of the batting order. Need a few there that can be counted on with players on base! Then mess around with starting pitchers again if the injured list keeps growing.h

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