The Atlanta Braves might be a fitting dark horse for the Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop Trea Turner at free agency. Here are three reasons why this might happen.
Trea Turner has to be the most in-demand short stop on the MLB Free Agent market. In a similar fashion for 2021, Shortstop is a sought-after position, and he should bring a record contract of some sort with him.
Turner will contend with the likes of Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogarts for the highest-paid short title this off-season, but it will likely define the market. The 29-year-old made $21 million last yearIt was arguably the best statistical season of his career.
In 2022, Turner ran a 4.84 WAR — a career high — paired with a .298/.343/.466 slash. He also broke the 100 RBI barrier for the first time, pairing with 21 home runs. He can really do everything.
But where will Turner end up? Any team needing a short layover should meet with their representatives, but the Braves would arguably make the most sense if they chose not to return to Los Angeles.
Tria Turner rumors: Basic geography points to the Atlanta Braves
There has been some grumbling lately this season that returning East would make sense for Tria Turner, who attended high school in Florida and spent time at the Washington Nationals organization.
Given his knowledge of NL East, Atlanta gives him the best chance of winning, and he has a wide open void at short notice. The fit almost makes a lot of sense. Former MLB General Manager Gene Bowden explained this via The Athletic (Subscription required), noting that “The Braves made a great geographic fit for Turner. He went to high school in Florida and college in North Carolina.”
Playing close to home in an area familiar to him should do wonders for Turner. She played a role in the departure of Braves legend Freddy Freeman to Los Angeles in the latest season. This brings us to the next point: