Dodgers: 3 players you should be prepared to lose this winter

Adam Weinrib
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 13, 2021 in New York City. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 6-5 in ten innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 13, 2021 in New York City. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 6-5 in ten innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 10: Trea Turner #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hugs Corey Seager #5 after the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 10, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies 5-0. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

1. Corey Seager

What if the elephant in the room is slicker, faster, and arguably has just as much power as you do?

Suddenly, paying $250 million for Corey Seager’s services only to eventually find out he needs to move to third or second base feels a little less palatable. Maybe we’ll make that a “Yankees” problem after all.

We’re not saying it’s an inevitability. We’re just saying you should gird yourself for it, because Trea Turner’s presence makes this a bit easier, as long as he’s amenable to staying in California long-term.

If Turner has no interest in re-upping in LA, expect the Dodgers to quickly zip to the front of the negotiating line for Seager’s services. After all, even if he’s not a shortstop forever, he’s the 2020 World Series MVP, he’s got an extremely potent bat, and he can carry an offense for weeks at a time.

Plus, Justin Turner won’t be here forever.

If Seager returns and Turner doesn’t want to stick around, the Dodgers will have to hope Gavin Lux can hold up his end of the bargain and become a star in this league. However, we can’t help but feel Turner is the…(sighs) better player overall, and now that LA’s gotten him in town, they can’t let him go.

It might come as a shock to some, but an early Turner extension could hasten Seager’s departure. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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