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Dodgers: Will LA Sign Max Scherzer & Trea Turner Long-Term?



The Los Angeles Dodgers completed an absolute blockbuster of a trade on Friday. The team acquired 3-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and 2021 NL All-Star Trea Turner for a package of 4 minor leaguers including LA’s top two prospects.

We break down all the details of the deal and throw out our grade for the trade. Next, we discuss what Scherzer and Turner can bring to the Dodgers and if LA will consider signing Turner long-term. Plus, Andrew Friedman discusses the Dodgers all-in approach at the deadline.

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The 37-year-old Scherzer is completing a 7-year $191 million deal inked ahead of the 2015 season. Max posted a 92-47 record with a 2.80 ERA over 189 starts over the life of the deal (so far). Moreover, in 2021, he’s proving he can still get it done on the mound with a 2.76 ERA in 111 innings and a career-best .892 WHIP.

Essentially, he’s proving that he’s worth a potential contract extension. At least.

As for Turner, the speedster has been one of the best players in baseball over the last three seasons. When healthy. With Corey Seager set to become a free agent and Trea with a season of team control still left, the Dodgers could work out a contract extension in lieu of an arbitration deal. Notably, Seager’s agent Scott Boras will demand top dollar for the shortstop, despite his injury issues.

As where Turner’s agency CAA is notable for not being Boras Corp.

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Written by Doug McKain

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  1. Turner supposedly would prefer to return to the east, but same people saying that insisted that Trout would go east and Harper would go west as free agents. A year and a half is forever in baseball. We’ll see. The Dodgers can’t afford to resign everyone and a lot will depend on the markets for Kershaw and Seager. Besides ramping things up for 2021, this deal offers some protection moving forward.

    • yeah not worried at all about resigning Corey and Max, and Kersh. Lots of other money coming off the books with Jansen, Pollack and others. Win the World Series and Max S will definitely be back! But 2022 season may be impacted by MLB/players union distrust. lets enjoy 2021 and the great Dodger team coming together to win the West!

      • If I’m not mistaken, Pollock has another year of team control after this year. But anyway let’s stay in 2021 but can only hope that by the 2023 season, we aren’t missing both Seager and Trea due to FA. As Sue Aiken from the show “Life Below Zero” once said:
        If ya got 1 foot into yesterday and 1 in tomorrow, then the only place you’re not experiencing is today, and that’s where we need to be”

  2. Dont you think its time to let Bellinger go? He is hurting the team every time he goes to bat. I think its time to either give him an outright release or trade him to another team for ANYTHING. Anything meaning any one who can hit the ball at leaset better than him. Same for Lux. I think all the LUX is no longer there. He too should be traded or released. He too hurts the team when batting. With the acquiring of Turner, he can play second base which leaves lux OUT. Why use him on the bench. He will still hurt the team in later innings of a game. The dodgers “stacked” line up will not allow for much movement from the bench. Yes a few changes to give key players some time off to stay fresh.
    The out look for the DODGERS, if they stay healthy, is QUITE BRIGHT. Lets go DODGERS. BEAT SF.

  3. What is the Manager doing with these personnel problems? Is he managing it with the players and the Front Office ? This is not the place to manage these problems.

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