Dodgers: Revisiting the Padres’ awful decision to trade Trea Turner for Wil Myers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 01: Trea Turner #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 01: Trea Turner #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) /

Back in 2014, the San Diego Padres used their first-round pick on Trea Turner, a shortstop out of North Carolina State University. A year later, he was shipped out of town.

At the time, AJ Preller had taken over as the general manager of the Padres, and the wheeling and dealing had begun. In a big way. The moment he was given the role. And the Los Angeles Dodgers have largely been the beneficiaries of his sometimes aimless aggression.

The first move that Preller signed off on was the massive three-team trade between the Padres, Nationals and Rays. At the time, it was incomprehensible. Here are the details:

  • Padres acquired Wil Myers, Ryan Hanigan, Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo from the Rays
  • Rays acquired Steven Souza and Travis Ott from the Nationals
  • Rays acquired Rene Rivera, Burch Smith and Jake Bauers from the Padres
  • Nationals acquired Joe Ross from the Padres

At the time, Myers had finished a down season following his 2013 Rookie of the Year campaign. But as we know, the Rays knew something everyone else didn’t.

But maybe the Nationals did, too? Because they got Ross AND Trea Turner, who was officially part of the deal the following June because the Padres weren’t allowed to trade him until a full year after he was drafted.

Let’s revisit the Padres trading Trea Turner and it benefitting the Dodgers.

Turner, by FAR the best player in this deal, was the player who completed the transaction. Think about that. A few years later, he helped the Washington Nationals to the franchise’s first-ever World Series. In 2021 (and likely beyond) he’ll be assisting the Dodgers in their quest to add more rings during their decade-long run atop MLB.

In the process, Turner will be burning the team that drafted him, too. He already made them look stupid once … oh wait, actually twice.

Preller’s supposed to be a master evaluator of talent? While we know Turner had hardly any professional experience at the time of the deal, but the Padres GM traded away the NL’s two-time hits leader, two-time stolen bases champ, and 2021 batting champ … who happened to play for the Dodgers during their 106-win campaign.

What did San Diego get out of this? A guy in Myers who has slashed an unimpressive .253/.331/.456 in 811 games with the franchise. Nobody else really worked out in this deal for anyone. Some job, huh?

Then again, the Padres have filled their infield with Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis and Jake Cronenworth … though imagine Turner in the mix in center field? Maybe they would’ve had a shot at the Wild Card this year.