Of the two major Los Angeles Dodgers trade deadline acquisitions, one has already made quite the mark on the city, as Max Scherzer twirled a special outing (as per usual) against the Houston Astros to salvage a split in the series.
The other has arrived under a shroud of shadows…until Friday.
Trea Turner was on the COVID-IL when acquired by the Dodgers as the second half of a star-powered duo, but he’s got plenty of time to make a good impression on the city, considering he’s tied down for 2022 as well.
All of a sudden, after several days of silence, it seems the stage is set.
Right around the same time Dave Roberts discussed Turner’s imminent activation, revealing that he’d arrived in town and could be expected in the lineup as early as Saturday, the man himself posted a welcome video to the city — and showed LA that, yes, he does have a personal logo.
Dodgers star Trea Turner welcomed himself to Los Angeles.
There’s no better place to grow a brand, Trea! But remember, it all starts with winning.
Turner seems amenable to moving to second base when Seager does return, though his initial pre-trade stipulations appeared to indicate he wanted to keep control over his chosen position. Luckily for Roberts and Co., as long as the player is willing to occupy a utility role this year, he’ll certainly be able to. The All-Star has center fielder speed and outfield instincts under his belt, if necessary.
Lineups are about to look real strange for this fully-functional Dodgers team stacked with stars from top-to-bottom. On Friday, a slumping Cody Bellinger sat against a lefty starter, a move that would’ve seemed unfathomable during his MVP 2019 season.
Of course, that move paved the way for Turner to roll into town on Saturday. He was spotted in Dodger Blue one day ahead of time, warming up on the infield.
Wherever Turner ends up situated, he’s a massive piece for the stretch run for this Dodgers team that actually needs the infusion of talent, considering they still sit behind the Giants.
Based on all the warning signs Friday, his impact is about to be felt.