When the Dodgers made the trade that brought over Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, they already had a shortstop. Corey Seager had been entrenched at the position for years, and they weren’t about to change things up in the final year before he hit free agency.
But now Seager is gone, heading over to the Texas Rangers on a massive free-agent deal And that leaves Trea Turner as the Dodgers starting shortstop for the season. He makes the move back after a half-season playing second base for Los Angeles.
After the Dodgers Spring Training game this weekend, SportsNet LA’s Kirsten Watson asked Trea what it felt like to be back over at short. And it sounds like he is very excited to be back at his natural position.
“It feels so much more natural. Got to build up the arm strength, other than that I just feel like I’m able to make the right decisions. Know where I should go and what I should do. The angles feel better to me. Over at second base, the angles are the complete opposite. It feels just really good to be over there.”
There are a lot of reasons for the Dodgers to be excited about Trea at short. Across his career, he has complied 10 defensive runs saved playing shortstop. His range is much better there compared to Corey Seager and by a wide margin.
While he has yet to win a Gold Glove award, Trea offers a significant defensive upgrade at short. That defense will certainly play up for the Dodgers, not to mention the offensive approach that he brings to their lineup.
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