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Friday, August 13, 2021

The Nationals’ deadline fire sale unfolded in a matter of days. But it was years in the making.

Turner’s agents at CAA Sports talked to the Nationals multiple times during 2020 spring training. They exchanged at least three proposals, with the Nationals offering in the neighborhood of six years, $100 million, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.

Turner was then one of MLB’s more productive shortstops, but not necessarily an elite one. From 2017 to 2019, seven shortstops accumulated more FanGraphs WAR than Turner, including then-Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who signed a six-year deal worth $120 million before the 2020 season.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the sides stopped negotiating and lost momentum. And a year after helping the Nationals to a title, Turner took a star turn. He hit .335 in 59 games in 2020. His strikeout rate plummeted. He tied for fourth in stolen bases and hit 12 homers, a relative power surge that left him trailing slugging shortstops Fernando Tatis Jr. and Corey Seager for the lead at that position.

Trea Turner’s strikeout rate plummeted in 2020. He tied for fourth in stolen bases during that season and hit 12 homers. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
All the while, Turner said he would be open to talking to the Nationals about a long-term deal. Rizzo said that he and Turner’s agents planned to speak more. But by spring of 2021, shortstops were the focus of the baseball world. A massive class was set to hit the market after that season, meaning Turner would likely have a better sense of what he might command when reaching free agency a year later.

When Cleveland sent Lindor to the New York Mets, Turner’s representatives began hammering the favorable comparisons between the two, arguing that whatever Lindor got in an extension would probably be a fitting number for Turner, too. The Mets gave Lindor 10 years and $341 million. To Turner and his team, the landscape had changed, something they communicated to the Nationals and others in the aftermath.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2021 at 03:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals, trea turner

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Trea Turner, new Dodgers second baseman, says he ‘would have loved to stay’ with the Nationals


Then came Saturday and his first news conference as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The lines came with a twist of frustration. Naturally, Turner, 28, was asked about being traded by the Nationals instead of agreeing to a contract extension before reaching free agency. Specifically, he was pressed on General Manager Mike Rizzo’s comments that Turner and his agents wanted to table discussions until the shortstop market shook out.

“I’ve been pretty honest,” Turner said from Dodger Stadium, where he was set to bat leadoff and play second base against the Los Angeles Angels. “I said I would talk about an extension whenever and waited for that to happen, and it didn’t happen. So I’ve been told a lot of things over the last two years and, for me, actions speak louder than words. That’s kind of in the past now, it’s over with, and excited to start a new chapter….

“When I was with the Nationals, I thought I’d play there 20 years,” Turner said, speaking in the past tense about a team he helped win the World Series in 2019. “The organizations I’ve been a part of, I’ve liked. I liked the people there. I would have loved to stay there. These last two weeks have been weird because I go back and forth like, ‘Oh, they’re not going to trade me’ ... and, ‘Oh, yep, they are.’ ”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2021 at 08:33 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers finalizing deal to acquire stars Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from Washington Nationals, sources say

The Los Angeles Dodgers are finalizing a deal to acquire star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for a massive prospect haul, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday.

The Dodgers will currently send the Nationals four prospects, a source confirmed to Passan: Right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray, catcher Keibert Ruiz, right-handed pitcher Gerardo Carrillo and outfielder Donovan Casey.

Gray and Ruiz were rated by ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel as the Dodgers’ top two prospects entering the season.

Gray was ranked No. 36 among the top 100 prospects in MLB entering the season, according to McDaniel. Ruiz was ranked No. 74.

Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts this season. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to become a free agent after 2021.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2021 at 11:19 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, max scherzer, nationals, trea turner

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner becomes first player to hit for cycle on birthday in modern era

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner celebrated his 28th birthday in style on Wednesday by hitting for the cycle in a 15-6 victory, doing so by the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park.

Turner, who later left the game with a finger injury, is the first player in Major League Baseball’s modern era (since 1900) to hit for a cycle on his birthday, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

It’s the third cycle of Turner’s career, which is the most in Montreal Expos/Nationals franchise history, and ties the major league record for most cycles in a career.

He joins Adrian Beltre, Babe Herman, Bob Meusel and John Reilly as the only players to hit for three cycles in their career, per ESPN Stats & Information.

Turner singled to right-center in the bottom of the first inning, doubled to left in the third, hit a 400-foot home run to right-center in the fourth and completed the cycle by tripling to deep right in the sixth.

It’s the first cycle since Sept. 17, 2019, when the Toronto Blue Jays’ Cavan Biggio did it. There were none in the pandemic-shortened season last year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2021 at 09:51 PM | 18 comment(s)
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