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Trea Turner Rumors: Dodgers' SS Expected to Return to East Coast in MLB Free Agency

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 18, 2022

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner is set to be one of the biggest free agents on the market after the 2022 season, and it's possible his time on the West Coast will be shortlived.

According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, "Folks think Turner prefers to go back to the East Coast. He certainly was upset to originally be traded to the Dodgers (though perhaps not as upset as Freddie Freeman seems), but he is thriving on the field, and now back at shortstop after his half year at second base last year."

The 29-year-old Turner may want to go back East, but Los Angeles living hasn't affected his production. After being traded to the Dodgers last season, he hit .338 with 10 homers, 28 RBI, 41 runs, 11 stolen bases and a .950 OPS in 52 games, largely at second base.

The former Washington Nationals star has continued to produce at his more familiar shortstop position this season, hitting .306 with 14 homers, 68 RBI, 54 runs, 17 stolen bases and a .847 OPS in 90 games.

Those numbers earned him his second All-Star Game nod.

Turner should be a part of another vibrant shortstop market this winter, with players like Dansby Swanson set to hit free agency and a pair of stars—Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts—who likely will opt out and add to the options.

But Turner is a five-tool player, and he'll arguably be the top free agent in a market that could also include New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and starting pitchers like Jacob deGrom, Carlos Rodon and Joe Musgrove, among others.

Turner is going to get a major payday this offseason, and after the Dodgers let Corey Seager walk, it felt like an indication they were saving money for Turner's free agency.

It might be a moot point, however, if the Florida native has his heart set on switching coasts.

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