It makes sense for the Phillies to pursue star SS Trea Turner this offseason.
The Philadelphia Phillies did not catch a break this past season as it related to criticism of their defense. Many pointed out their errors, despite winning the National League pennant. It came in chunks — such as Rhys Hoskins’ horrid misplays in the World Series.
While the Phillies need to put an end to their defensive woes, they also need to improve their offense at the shortstop position. Last year, Bryson Stott replaced Didi Gregorius and hit .234 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI. Stott was a solid shortstop but struggled to find a groove in the postseason with a -5.1% cWPA. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski should “test the waters” and pursue arguably the top talent in this year’s free agent class — Trea Turner.
It would make sense for Turner to join the Phillies in free agency. Managing Partner John Middleton is capable of spending a ton of money for a shortstop like Turner — who won the World Series three years ago while a member of the Washington Nationals.
One of Turner’s former D.C. teammates — Bryce Harper — has enticed elite players to join him in the City of Brother Love, such as J.T. Realmuto and Zack Wheeler. Something could be happening behind the scenes now with Turner. Turner can sign with the New York Yankees or New York Mets and still get paid well, but it is ultimately up to him on his destination.
Nothing fools you about the type of player that Turner is. He can throw, field, and hit on good days. He can pretty much do it all and, if signed, hopefully, bring the World Series trophy back to South Philadelphia.