Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On July 31st, President Andrew Friedman acquired Trea Turner along with Max Scherzer from the Washington Nationals. Turner, after coming off the COVID IL, impacted the Los Angeles Dodgers. His incredible speed brought something that the 2021 Dodgers did not have and needed to go to the playoffs, but Turner did not perform well during the either NLDS against the San Francisco Giants or the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves.
While many Dodger fans have boasted the Dodgers had a batting champion for the first time since 1963, they did not understand Turner played two-thirds of the 2021 season for the Nationals. In 52 games as a Dodger, he had a .338 batting average with 10 home runs and 28 RBI. While he stole only 11 bases and caught twice, his speed enabled him to score when most players could not.
However, during the postseason, Turner slumped hitting .216 with no home runs and 2 RBI, and during his career, Turner always has performed poorly in the postseason.
At no time, Turner looked comfortable at second base even though he had played it before coming to the Dodgers. His incredible speed enables him to cover a large territory, but he does not possess a strong accurate throwing arm. He does not cradle the ball when he catches it. While Turner can play both shortstop and centerfield, he is a poor fielder.
If the Dodgers cannot re-sign Corey Seager, Turner gives them an in-house replacement. If they can retain Seager, the Dodgers should consider trade Turner for pitching.