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 MLB.com, 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 MLB.com’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.”
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 30, 2022
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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