Former Los Angeles Dodgers player we'll wish stayed: Trea Turner
Trea Turner has quietly been one of the best baseball players in the league since he debuted all the way back in 2015. His admirable blend of pop, speed, bat-to-ball skills and defensive chops make him one of the most well-rounded players around.
After a highly successful seven-year stint with the Washington Nationals, Turner was traded to the Dodgers with Max Scherzer at the 2021 trade deadline. The Nationals have made out okay with Josiah Gray and Keibert Ruiz, two pieces going from L.A. to D.C. in the deal, but Turner was the prize.
The speedy infielder hit .338 in 52 games for the Dodgers in the second half of 2021, posting a 149 ERA+ and 2.4 bWAR along the way. His elevated second-half performance led him to the first of what could be multiple batting championships.
After signing a contract and avoiding arbitration for the 2022 season, Turner continued to reward the Dodgers in a big way; hitting 39 doubles and 21 home runs with 100 runs batted in, 100 runs scored and 27 stolen bases in 160 games. Along the way, he made the second All-Star Game of his career.
The Dodgers lost out on Turner when he hit free agency this past offseason. The Phillies signed the middle infielder to an insane 11-year contract, but the way he's performed through the first nine years of his career, he may be able to play into his 40s.
Instead, the Dodgers will turn to a combination of Miguel Rojas and Miguel Vargas in the middle infield. Promising shortstop Gavin Lux was set to replace Turner for the season, but he sustained a gruesome injury in Spring Training and instead will miss the whole year. Turner's presence in the infield will be sorely missed.