Dodgers: Trea Turner Won’t Rule Out the West Coast in Free Agency
It’s a little bit of a surprise at this point how little we’ve heard about a Trea Turner extension with the Dodgers. Given their lack of superstar talent at the position, it would make sense that they would want to keep him around. But Turner talked about the fact that the team wasn’t going to have those talks with him before the season, almost ensuring he would hit the market after this year.
There is obviously still a chance that something could come together. If Trevor Bauer’s suspension is upheld, the Dodgers have a lot of money freed up that they could put towards his deal. But that would have to happen in the middle of the season, which isn’t as common.
And as pointed out by Jon Heyman, Turner does prefer to play closer to his home in Florida. Heyman does add that the Dodgers could still be a possibility, with people around him suggesting he will not rule out the West coast to play out his next deal.
“However, Turner, from Lake Worth, Fla., is said by sources to at first have had a negative reaction to the trade out west and still believed to prefer the East Coast, though some of that may be related to the 2021 position switch, and folks close to him insist he’s settled in and won’t rule out the West Coast.”
The Dodgers could jump in at any point and offer him a massive deal. Given the way Andrew Friedman likes to operate, there’s a very good chance they could offer him a shorter term deal with a very high annual average. They’ve reportedly been in on other free agents like that in the past, and that includes Bauer.
But the clock is very much ticking, and the Dodgers need a shortstop beyond 2022. The good news is that there are going to be a lot of really good names hitting the market after this year, and that cold be playing into their decision.
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