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Trea Turner Rumors: Baseball Expert Predicts Angels Sign Former Dodgers Shortstop

For the second straight offseason, the Dodgers’ starting shortstop is headlining a robust middle-infield free-agent market. Last year it was Corey Seager, who signed for 10 years, $325 million with the Rangers. This year it’s Trea Turner, who seems likely to get a similarly huge payday.

Over at The Athletic, former GM Jim Bowden put together a list of 25 offseason predictions. Bowden says the predictions are “some serious, some silly, and others somewhere in between,” so we can’t hold him to anything he says here because he can just say anything that doesn’t work out was one of the non-serious predictions.

Anyway, when it comes to Trea, Bowden throws out an unconventional potential landing spot for the All-Star shortstop:

4. The Angels shock the baseball world and sign shortstop Trea Turner to an eight-year, $264 million deal. Turner becomes their leadoff hitter with Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon batting behind him. And yes, they still need pitching to be contenders.

Rendon has only had 442 plate appearances in the last two seasons combined, during which he’s posted a 97 OPS+, and he’s heading into his age-33 season. If Rendon is healthy and effective, and Trout is healthy and effective, and Ohtani remains healthy and effective, Trea would make a pretty nice addition to the lineup (assuming he stays … say it with us … healthy and effective).

But as Bowden notes, Anaheim would still need pitching to be contenders. Paying Turner $33 million per year on top of Trout’s $37 million and Ohtani’s $30 million and Rendon’s $38 million might not be the most effective route to putting together a solid pitching staff.

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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.


  1. I think the Dodgers will be sorry he was a good all-around player not one you would want to auction off. They do not have a third baseman they do not have a second baseman and now they do not have a shortstop. Lux is not a short stop He’s a utility infield outfield Justin Turner is leaving personally I would put Max Muncy at third he showed that he can play the position and at least he’s consistent. They should make a bid for judge for center, Put Beli in right field and find the leftfielder possibly Lux Or Chris that you’re starting lineup

  2. The Dodgers need to just pay Trey what he wants. If the Dodgers want to contend next year we need to fill in the gaps.

  3. They are nuts if they let Trea Turner go. It’s an affordable contract for a future HOF. Just pull the plug on it.

  4. I hope they let Trey walk. He used to play with the Nationals before Marc Lerner traded everyone on the team (moron). I hate the dodgers, mets, braves, phillies and the dodgers are finally slipping down.
    Go young Nationals.!!!

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