Similar to last year, there’s no shortage of storylines for the Dodgers. Questions about their starting pitching depth and whether or not they sign free agent Freddie Freeman headline the narrative, but Trea Turner’s contract situation is an intriguing subplot.
This coming season is the final year that Turner is under contract with the Dodgers. If an extension doesn’t get done by the end of the season, he’ll become a free agent.
Before the lockout, Turner said he wasn’t going to “waste his energy” thinking about an extension until an official offer is made. On Monday, Turner reiterated that he’s open to discussing an extension, but it’s not going to keep him up at night.
“Like I said in the past, I’ll have talks. But if they’re not going to happen, if they don’t or they do, I’m not worried about them.”
The 2021 NL batting champion’s chief concern is playing his best baseball.
“I feel like I compartmentalize. I can have a talk if somebody wants to have a talk. If not, I’m ready to play and ready to go out there and do what I’ve done for the last however many years.”
Per Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register, the Dodgers and Turner did meet briefly about a potential extension.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the consensus in MLB circles is that Trea Turner won’t be a Dodger beyond 2022.
“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.”
Regardless of if an offer is made or a deal gets done in the coming days, weeks, or months, Turner is willing to have the conversation.
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