When the Dodgers trade for Trea Turner last year, it was seemingly an indication that they were prepared if Corey Seager left via free agency. It sent a message that if he did leave, they had their shortstop of the future-ready to go. A long-term extension was certainly at the front of everyone’s mind.
But Seager did end up leaving, taking a massive deal to play for the Texas Rangers. That extension for Trea from the Dodgers never came though, and we’re still very much waiting on that. Turner talked about his willingness to discuss an extension this Spring, giving fans hope that a deal might be in the works.
But Opening Day has passed, and still no extension for Turner. The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya writes that Dodgers fans maybe shouldn’t be expecting one soon, given that the team reportedly told him there would be no offer before the season.
“The 28-year-old expressed a willingness to discuss a contract extension with the club this spring after the Dodgers reached out prior to the lockout to broadly discuss the subject. Those talks didn’t come to fruition; Turner said Friday the Dodgers’ brass approached him in recent days to tell him no extension offer was coming before the season, all but securing he will hit free agency this winter — potentially as the top available shortstop.”
If the Dodgers told him that there would not be an offer before the season, that could spell trouble for any deal. Why wait until the middle or end of the season before taking the chance to lock him down to a long-term deal now? It’s still certainly a possibility, but it just became that much smaller.
Turner is an elite talent, an MVP-level shortstop. The Dodgers just signed Freddie Freeman to a massive deal and they have Mookie Betts in Los Angeles for a very long time. Do you think that Trea will be the next guy in line? Drop into the comments and let us know.
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