Trea Turner will be one of the most sought-after players in MLB free agency this winter because he may be the fallback option for many organizations who come up short in their primary pursuits.
The current MLB free agent market is filled with All-Stars, as well as Cy Young and MVP award winners from this past season. Much of the focus will be on superstars like Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom, and World Series champion Justin Verlander, but the shortstop market this winter is star-studded.
Four top-line shortstops are available, including two-time All-Star Trea Turner. The 29-year-old is an interesting player in this class of MLB free agency because he is in the prime of his athletic career and is a high-level talent who can play multiple positions.
Trea Turner’s ability to be placed in various spots in the lineup and on the field is why he will garner a lot of interest from various teams this offseason. Be it as a primary or secondary target.
In 2022, the former Washington Nationals star earned All-Star and Silver Slugger honors, as well as some MVP votes in a season where he posted some of the best numbers of his career in home runs (21), runs-batted-in (100), doubles (39), runs (101), and at-bats (652). This means he heads into free agency on a high and with a lot of value.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the five teams with the best chance of snagging up Trea Turner this winter.
The Chicago Cubs have been rather quiet when it comes to adding big names in trades and signing notable free-agent in recent years. However, that is expected to change this offseason with the organization rumored to be interested in all four of the top shortstops on the MLB free-agent market.
With Turner having a winning pedigree and being able to play multiple spots, he would be a high-value add to help Chicago get back to respectability in 2023.