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Trea Turner Rumors: Former Dodgers All-Star Signing with Philly Has a ‘Good Chance to Happen’

Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner hit free agency last month, one of four premier shortstops on the market this offseason. For a variety of reasons, the Phillies have always made a lot of sense as a potential landing spot for Turner, and rumors of a union appear to be intensifying.

According to an article on, the Phillies are currently seen as the favorites to sign Turner.

This year’s class of free-agent shortstops is absolutely stacked, but Turner is the the best of the bunch. As such, he is in line to sign a lucrative long-term deal this offseason, and according to’s Jon Paul Morosi, the Phillies are viewed as the favorites to land him.

Morosi adds that Turner, who is the Phillies’ top offseason target, is “probably headed for an average annual value in excess of $30 million a year.”

Turner has long been rumored to prefer playing for an east coast team — he shot down those rumors late last season, but that might have just been to avoid limiting his market heading into free agency. He also has a close friendship with Phillies star Bryce Harper, his former teammate on the Nationals. And the Phillies have a clear need a shortstop, so the fit makes sense.

But in the end, it likely won’t be geography or friendship that lands Turner in Philadelphia. If they offer him the biggest contract, he’ll sign there. If someone else outbids them, he’ll sign elsewhere. It’s how free agency has always worked and how it always will work.

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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.

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  1. I have heard of negotiations with the other 3 SS FA’s with the Dodgers but haven’t heard of any with TT. They didn’t try to extend him last off season. Really never talked once Freddie was signed. They looked at their payroll with young pitchers and the young position players losing team control years and the model showed they would be getting progressively worse cbt taxation.
    They won’t be seriously bidding on any high level position players or high quality pitching this year to reset the cbt.

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