Philadelphia Phillies agree to free agent deal with shortstop Trea Turner
The deal is reportedly an 11-year contract worth $300 million for this year's World Series runner up.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly agreed to a free-agent deal with star shortstop, Trea Turner.
According to ESPN MLB insider Kiley McDaniel, it’s an 11-year, $300 million contract that includes a full no-trade clause.
The move ties two of the MLB’s best players — Turner and slugger Bryce Harper — to the Phillies likely into the next decade.
The deal also reunites the two as teammates, as they played four seasons together as members of the Washington Nationals before Harper joined the Phillies as a free agent in 2019.
Over the course of his eight years in MLB, Turner has proven himself as one of the game’s brightest stars — and shortstops — especially over the last four seasons. While the start of his career was plagued by various injuries, he has since put the injury bug behind him and put together some solid, consecutive campaigns.
In addition to winning a World Series championship in 2019, he is also a 2-time MLB All-Star, a former batting champion, led the league in stolen bases twice, and hit for the cycle three times.
This past season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Turner was named a Silver Slugger Award winner, awarded annually to the top offensive player at each position in the league.
He finished last season with 21 home runs, 100 RBIs, 39 doubles, and 27 stolen bases, while batting a .298/.343/.466 batting average.
Turner's game is a mix of speed and power and solid defense, making him one of the league's most coveted players.
Since becoming a full-time starter in 2018 with the Nationals, Turner is the only player in the league with more than 90 home runs and 140 stolen bases.
Now with Phillies, Turner will take over the shortstop position, likely moving last season's shortstop Bryson Stott to second base.
This upcoming season, the Phillies will trot out a lineup of Turner, Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto, Nick Castellanos and others — a potentially explosive starting rotation.
After coming up just two games short of a World Series win this year, this Phillies signing is an indication that the team is looking to find its way back to the Fall Classic next year, only this time, winning it all.