There is one major piece to the Dodger offseason and his impact will be felt whether he remains in Dodger blue or signs elsewhere. His name is Trea Turner. Andrew Friedman and Brandon Gomes need to decide if they even want to re-sign Turner, and if they do, how long they are willing to wait for him to choose his next destination.
Bill Plunkett at the Orange County Register outlines the Dodgers’ decision. Ultimately, if the Dodgers do decide to make a run at the 2021 National League Batting Champion, that significantly lowers the budget they have to spend on other players throughout the offseason. If they decide to move on, shortstop instantly becomes a hole they need to fill, whether it be via free agent or internally.
Turner is part of a group that consists of multiple marquee free agent shortstops this winter, including Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson. Trea’s contract is going to look somewhat similar to what the Dodgers refused to pay Corey Seager last offseason. Pair that with rumors about Trea preferring to play back on the east coast, it’s hard to see a direct path to a reunion.
So, where do the Dodgers go? Certainly, you can look in house. Gavin Lux came up as a shortstop, Chris Taylor has big league experience at shortstop. There are options. If not, there are plenty of guys available on the market that with Turner’s money off the books, they can afford if they want to.
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