The offseason is already here for a number of MLB teams out there. The luxury they have is getting ahead of the free agency frenzy and preparing for the always volatile trade market. For contenders like the Los Angeles Dodgers, their campaign is far from over, and their focus is so far from what’s to come in November/December.
That’s a slight disadvantage for Andrew Friedman and Co., who will be tasked with re-signing Trea Turner, arguably the best shortstop hitting the open market in a few weeks. Turner has left the door open for a return to the Dodgers, but he also said “everything is in play,” which plays into the rumor from earlier this year that he preferred an east coast team because he wanted to be close to home (Florida).
Now, that might be true. But money always talks. The Dodgers might be able to offer the most, but they have two contracts in Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman that are on the books for at least five more years (Betts until 2032!). Are they willing to go $220 million or more for Turner over seven or more years?
Honestly, probably! Why wouldn’t they? They’d have an almost unstoppable offensive core for the next five years at least and can sprinkle in their up-and-coming young talent, trade acquisitions, and other shrewd free agent signings Friedman always pulls off.
But we’d be remiss not to mention the threats that remain out there for Turner. He’ll be a highly sought-after player and these teams can’t be disregarded when free agency kicks off.
3 biggest threats to steal Trea Turner from Dodgers in free agency
3. San Francisco Giants
Oh no. No no no no. NO!!!!! OK, now that we’ve gotten that out of our system, let’s elaborate. The San Francisco Giants will have a ton of money to spend in the offseason. Many have suspected Aaron Judge will be their primary target. But that’s hardly a guarantee.
Next up in terms of star power is probably Turner. He’s a five-tool player and would represent a coup should the Giants swipe him from the Dodgers. The elephant in the room, however, is Brandon Crawford’s presence. He’s signed through 2023.
If we’re to believe FanSided’s Robert Murray, that may not matter. The MLB insider said it’s possible the Giants make a run at Turner, put him at second base for a year, let Crawford finish out his days at short, and move forward with Turner in 2024 as the primary starter at the position. Doesn’t sound that crazy.
But is that something Turner wants to do? Now he’s able to dictate everything about his next chapter in baseball. Playing second-fiddle to a declining franchise icon doesn’t seem like something a premier free agent would want to do for a year.
We can’t rule this out, but we wouldn’t bank on it.