Dodgers MLB free company questions: Aaron Choose on the radar?

Dodgers MLB free company questions: Aaron Choose on the radar?
Dodgers' Trea Turner, right, smiles while taking batting practice before Game 1 of the NLDS.

Dodgers’ Trea Turner, proper, smiles whereas taking batting observe earlier than Recreation 1 of the NLDS towards the San Diego Padres on Oct. 7.

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The Dodgers have confronted a scenario like Trea Turner’s earlier than.

Final 12 months, the crew let homegrown All-Star shortstop Corey Seager attain free company, then didn’t match the 10-year, $325-million deal he bought from the Texas Rangers.

This winter, with the out-of-contract Turner in line for a equally large payday, the Dodgers should once more determine how decided they’re to maintain one other All-Star shortstop from departing in free company.

The crew did have discussions with Turner’s representatives a few potential contract extension earlier than the season however no formal supply materialized. Turner stated he could be open to staying in Los Angeles long-term — one thing folks contained in the group imagine to be true, even with the Florida native’s East Coast roots — but in addition didn’t need to proceed negotiations through the season.

It now leaves his probabilities of a Dodgers reunion in a precarious place.

Turner is as dynamic of a menace as nearly anybody in the marketplace. He’s a profession .302 hitter. He stays a premier stolen base menace. And since 2019, solely fellow free agent Aaron Choose has extra wins above alternative amongst place gamers, in line with Fangraphs.

Turner can also be going to be getting into his age-30 season, two years older than Seager was final offseason. And this previous 12 months, he battled some inconsistency on the plate and within the area, although nonetheless was elected an All-Star starter and performed a team-high 160 video games.

For sure, Turner might be one of many largest names in the marketplace, and at one in every of baseball’s most essential (and costly) positions. He shouldn’t have any scarcity of suitors, and no dearth of profitable choices from which to decide on.

Financially, the Dodgers ought to have the power to match any supply that comes Turner’s manner. However — even with out an apparent shortstop successor ready within the wings — it appears simply as potential the bidding for his providers surpasses what they’re keen to spend, and that for a second straight winter they watch a top-level shortstop land some place else.

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