According to a report from The Athletic writers Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal, the San Diego Padres have met with free agent shortstop Trea Turner two times.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) December 3, 2022
Turner is a former Padres first-round draft pick from 2014 but was traded to the Washington Nationals leading up to the 2015 season in the three-team trade that sent Wil Myers to San Diego. Since impressing as a rookie in 2016, Turner has continued to impress and is not only one of the top shortstops in baseball but one of the best players in the game. In each of the last three seasons, Tuner has received votes for the National League MVP, finishing in seventh in 2020, fifth in 2021, and 11th this past year.
Interest from the padres in Turner might be a surprise to many baseball fans, considering the talent in the Padres infield. However, Turner is more versatile than most shortstops. In 2021, Turner played second base for the Los Angeles Dodgers while Corey Seager played short. Turner also played center field early in his time with the Nationals. As one of the fastest players in baseball, his speed allows him to play multiple positions, which certainly entices the Padres.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune also reported that the Padres would likely move on from one of its infielders if they do acquire a big-name shortstop, such as Turner. Fernando Tatis Jr., Ha-Seong Kim, and Jake Cronenworth all have multiple years of team control and would certainly entice other teams who want to bolster their middle infield.
Padres at least perusing shortstop market, talking Turner and Bogaerts https://t.co/acu0wOcQEV
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) December 3, 2022
With the Winter Meetings starting this week in San Diego, dominos will start fall soon amongst MLB free agents and potential trade acquisitions.
Turner, who turned 29 years old in June, is set for a big payday.
Will it come from the San Diego Padres?