The Los Angeles Dodgers are currently in the midst of one of the best seasons in MLB history. Los Angeles has a legitimate chance to break the all-time wins record this season, and if the team can carry that into October and win the World Series, then it will go down as one of the greatest MLB teams of all time.
It is not hard to see why the Dodgers are so successful when you look at the lineup card every night. Whether it be the big-name superstar players or the surprise pick-ups that have produced, there are very few holes in this entire roster.
One of the most integral parts of this team is Trea Turner, who the Dodgers acquired via trade at the 2021 MLB trade deadline. Turner has been head-turning in the year and a half that he has been with LA, and is currently battling teammate Freddie Freeman for the National League hits crown.
The 29-year-old speedy shortstop is a free agent after this season and is going to command a big contract similar to that of Corey Seager. Considering how well he has played this year, re-signing Turner has been a no-brainer for most Dodgers fans. However, business in MLB is complicated and Turner could leave for myriad reasons.
One key reason why Trea Turner will re-sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers
It’s five words: Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts. The trio of Freeman, Betts and Turner have innate chemistry that bleeds through the TV screen. This trio atop the order is the reason why the Dodgers have been successful not just because of their talent, but because of the way they communicate and lead the team.
Dave Roberts, who arguably has the most impressive manager resume in MLB history this soon into his managerial career, has even noticed a huge difference between this star trio and previous Dodgers teams.
It all starts with Freeman, Betts and Turner. They are the captains of this ship that is driving the Dodgers towards a 110+ win season. And that chemistry is ultimately the reason why Turner is going to return to Los Angeles this winter.
We know that the Dodgers have the money to offer Turner; that should not be an issue. The team let Seager walk last season partly because of injury concerns, but also because they knew they had a better shortstop already in town that they could extend after the 2022 season.
Barring some ludicrous offer (it won’t happen), there is not a team that can realistically outbid the Los Angeles Dodgers. The question then becomes if Turner wants to come back to LA, and based on how this season has played out, it is hard to say that he doesn’t want to.
At the beginning of the season, there were legitimate concerns, as Turner seemed lukewarm about the Dodgers last season and still seemed like he was missing his old friends over in Washington. This year has been different, as Turner has grown into being a Dodger. It all starts with that relationship to Betts and Freeman.
So if he is presented with the same money between the Dodgers and a team that he has never played for before that is not guaranteed long-term success, where do you think he will sign?
Staying with his buddies in LA and playing for an organization that is always going to contend seems far better than going somewhere like the Texas Rangers.