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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