The reigning National League champions Philadelphia Phillies made a big splash on Monday as they reportedly signed All-Star short-back Trea Turner to a major long-term deal, according to ESPN.
After being relegated to the Houston Astros in the World Series, the Phillies quickly identified what they might be missing, and the short centre-back was a position they thought they could improve.
Bryson Stott was one of his greatest potentials and played well during the Phillies’ run last season. But with the addition of Turner, the Phillies probably won’t bother pushing him into the second stage to let Turner play the position he wants.
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The addition of Turner to the Phillies’ already strong roster will be a frightening sight for the NL East and the rest of the league.
Turner joins Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, JT Realmuto, Nick Castellanos, who played for years with the Washington Nationals before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021, and more who could turn the game with one hit of the bat. .
But Turner also brings a solid, versatile glove for the centre-back, which is just one of the positions he’s played in his career. Turner can also work outfield if needed while maintaining consistency at the top of the squad.
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Turner also knows all about NL East’s competitiveness, as he spent his first six and a half seasons in the National Champions. What he’s brought to the Phillies now is he’s grounded, but not because his batting lacks pop.
With the Dodgers, his second All-Star-worthy campaign last season, Turner finished .298/.343/.466 with 21 homers, 100 RBI and 101 points. He also stole 27 bases in 160 games.
For his career, Turner is a .302 hitter with a .355 base percentage. With players like Schwarber, Harper, and others who can swing for fences, Turner’s presence at the top could make those numbers worse for opponents at his base.
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For Turner, the move comes just hours after the New York Mets signed a big, short-term deal with 2022 AL Cy Young and World Series champion Justin Verlander to team up with Max Scherzer from his Detroit Tigers days.
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NL East has come to play this free agent era.