The reigning National League champions, the Philadelphia Phillies, made a big splash Monday when they reportedly signed All-Star shortstop Trea Turner to a huge long-term deal, according to ESPN.
After falling to the Houston Astros in the World Series, the Phillies were quick to identify what they could miss and a shortstop was a position they believed they could improve on.
Bryson Stott was one of their top prospects and played well during the Phillies’ run last season. But with the addition of Turner, the Phillies probably won’t mind pushing him to second base so Turner can play his desired position.
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The addition of Turner to the Phillies’ already powerful lineup will be a scary sight for the NL East and the rest of the league.
Turner joins the likes of Bryce Harper, someone he played with for years at the Washington Nationals before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021, Kyle Schwarber, JT Realmuto, Nick Castellanos and more who can turn a game around with one strike of the bat.
But Turner also brings a solid, versatile glove to shortstop, which is just one of the positions he’s played in his career. Turner can work in the outfield if needed, while ensuring consistency at the top of the lineup.
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Turner also knows all about NL East competitiveness, having spent his first six and a half seasons with the Nationals. What he brings to the Phillies now is someone getting on base, but not for the lack of pop in his swing.
Last season with the Dodgers, his second All-Star worthy campaign, Turner hit .298/.343/.466 with 21 home runs, 100 RBI and 101 runs scored. He also stole 27 bases in his 160 games.
For his career, Turner is a .302 hitter with a .355 on-base percentage. With players like Schwarber, Harper and others able to swing for the fences, Turner’s presence at the top could make those home runs worse for opponents with him on base.
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This move for Turner comes just hours after the New York Mets reportedly signed 2022 AL Cy Young and World Series champion Justin Verlander in a major short-term pact to team up again with Max Scherzer from their Detroit Tigers days.
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