Trea Turner was only on the Dodgers for about 15 months, but he had a huge impact on the team. He had three hitting streaks of 20 or more games, the second-most of anyone in Dodgers history (and Zack Wheat’s four streaks came over the course of nine seasons). He was a difference maker in every aspect of the game, earning himself a monster contract from the Phillies.
When Turner signed with Philadelphia during the Winter Meetings, Dodgers catcher Will Smith talked on MLB Network about Trea and what the team would miss about him.
“Trea’s a stud. You see the speed every night, the power. Great shortstop and just overall great player. We’re going to miss him. I would have loved for him to come back and be with us for 10, 11 more years. But congrats to him. I know he’s excited about it, his family’s excited about it. And couldn’t be happier for him.”
Playing in the big leagues is such a weird thing, because everyone is trying to win for the team they’re currently on while also earning their next big contract, which could come from a different team. And they develop relationships with other players in the same boat, fighting for that big contract.
Smith is right about the Dodgers missing Trea. His departure leaves a hole that will be hard to fill, and right now it looks like they’re going to experiment and see if Gavin Lux can be the answer at shortstop. Offensively, the lineup will look different next year, although they still have Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, the other parts of the “Big Three,” and they’ve added JD Martinez to go along with Smith and Max Muncy. The lineup will look different, but it still should be very good.
Smith is happy for Trea, so we can pretend we are, too.
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