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Dodgers: Trea Turner is a ‘Short-Timer’ with LA Says MLB Insider

Could 2022 be Turner’s last year in LA?



A debate can be had about where exactly Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner ranks among MLB shortstops, but anyway you slice it, he’s right near the top. The 2021 batting champion and All-Star has one year left on his current deal. The question has been bandied about at length – will the Dodgers offer Turner a contract extension?

ESPN’s Buster Olney revealed that the “word around the campfire” is that 2022 will be Turner’s final year with the Dodgers.

“I think there’s a strong sense in the industry that Trea Turner is a short-timer with the Dodgers. He’s not going to be a guy who’s with them beyond 2022.”

At the moment, there haven’t been any reports, past or present, that the Dodgers have offered Turner a contract extension. If an extension doesn’t get done, Turner would become a free agent after this season.

Some would argue that extending a current player on your roster is sometimes easier than re-signing the player once they’re a free agent. Apparently, the Atlanta Braves do not subscribe to that philosophy.

Back to the point at hand…

This past December, Trea Turner commented on a possible extension in an interview with The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya.

“For me, actions speak louder than words. I’m not going to worry about anything like (an extension) until there’s something in front of me. I think this is a great franchise. Being on a team, part of a franchise that wants to win not only this year but for a long time is very valuable and a lot of fun. … I don’t know if that will happen or won’t happen, but like I said, I’m not gonna waste my energy on guessing.”

Last year, Turner set a career high in home runs (28) and finished fifth in NL MVP voting. He’s an incredibly talented five-tool shortstop.

According to Olney, enjoy watching him now Dodgers fans, because this could be it. 

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  1. Free agents first, determine what money is available in 22 and beyond, then work on the TT extension. I can’t see signing Correa or Story as an insurance policy for the guy you got as insurance for CS free agency last year. Last year TT was earning 13 mill. The two FA shortstops will cost much more and want longer terms. The Dodgers have months to see if they can work it out this year with TT. If they can great, if they can’t make the same offer to him as a FA in 23. I personally believe the guy wants to win more than anything, other than not playing in the cold in the spring. (He dressed like an Eskimo in Washington for the first month every season). No other warm weather team will come close on the money.

    • If the Dodgers don’t sign Trea Turner, I will give up on them and I have been a fan since 1958. It is more important for the LAD to sign Turner than F. Freeman. Last year he the best BA in the NL. He hit 29 hrs & lead the league in SBs. He is a great teammate and the pressure he puts on the pitchers is the best in baseball. He is in the prime of his baseball career. What more can you say. He makes everyone else’s job that much easier.
      This is a no brainer Mr. Friedman. Sign him NOW !!!!!!!!