Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Associated Press source: Phillies and Trey Turner agree to 300 million

SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) — The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to an 11-year, $300 million deal on Monday with dynamic shortstop Trea Turner.

No formal announcement was revealed because the deal includes a clause that prevents trades, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Turner joins the team that reached the World Series this year, losing to the Houston Astros. He has also been reunited with slugger Bryce Harper, with whom he played on the Washington Nationals from 2015 to 18.

During his first full season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Turner was prolific, hitting .298 with 21 home runs and 100 RBI. The club won the National League West title in 2022.

Similarly, Turner scored 27 steals and 101 runs.

The free agent market for the talented Turner would improve, with the expansion of pads and restrictions on defensive movements that would take effect next year. Those two rule changes will make player athleticism and defensive versatility more valuable than ever.

Turner turned down a qualifying offer of $19.65 million from the Dodgers in November. He joined a prominent group of shortstops who have declared free agents.

These include Carlos Correa, Xander Bogarts and Dansby Swanson.

Turner, 29, reached the majors in 2015 with Washington. A two-time All-Star, he hit .300 with 192 steals in six full seasons with the Nationals, winning the World Series in 2019.

Both Turner and ace Max Scherzer were loaned to the Dodgers in the 2021 trade. Turner hit .338 with 10 homers and 11 walks down the stretch as Los Angeles reached the NLCS, in which it was eliminated by Atlanta.

For his lifetime, Turner is hitting .302 in 849 games with 124 home runs, 434 RBI and 230 steals. He has spent most of his career as a shortstop, but has also appeared at second base and center field.


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