Folks, Trea Turner is officially a Los Angeles Dodger. The All-Star shortstop adds even more talent to a potent Dodgers lineup. But, how will both he and Corey Seager co-exist on the same roster?
There are three reasons it won’t be a problem for the Dodgers.
1. Trea Turner’s Athleticism
Turner broke into the majors as a centerfielder and a second baseman. The fleet-footed Florida native has all the range and then some to play the outfield for the Dodgers.
Turner has ranked in the top ten in the majors in sprint speed every year he’s been in the majors. He’s not just a speedster – he has 18 home runs with a .521 slugging percentage to boot.
His incredible athleticism, coupled with his defensive ability, will allow the Dodgers to deploy him in various defensive positions.
The Dodgers are the masters of leveraging their roster’s versatility to create the best lineup. Turner will join Chris Taylor as a star that can play multiple defensive positions at a high level.
2. Super Utility-man Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor’s positional flexibility must have been a factor in the decision to get Turner. CT3 has played plenty of second base (45 games) this year, but starting Turner at second doesn’t displace Taylor. Taylor is more than capable in the outfield.
Most teams wouldn’t dare to acquire another middle infielder when they already have an All-Star and a World Series MVP.
Thanks to Taylor, it won’t be an issue.
3. Injury Insurance
Nobody’s going to feel bad for the talented Los Angeles Dodgers, but they’ve been hammered by injuries this season. If stars Corey Seager, Mookie Betts, or Cody Bellinger hit the IL again, the Dodgers will simply reformat their lineup and position Turner accordingly. Friedman didn’t just trade for Turner, he bought a super premium insurance policy.