According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Phillies and free-agent shortstop Trea Turner agreed to a contract on Monday. The All-Star shortstop will receive a massive 11-year/$300 million deal with a full no-trade clause, per ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel.
The Phillies were reportedly considered the top suitor for Turner, who has been one of the better offensive shortstops in the majors over the past few seasons. Last season with the Dodgers, the 29-year-old infielder slashed .298/.343/.466 with 21 home runs and 100 RBI. Turner also wreaked havoc on the basepaths, recording 27 stolen bases and only being caught stealing three times. For his efforts, the dynamic shortstop was named to the MLB All-Star Game for the second time in his career and won his first Silver Slugger award.
With Turner reportedly in the fold, the Phillies have a bonafide leadoff hitter and can move Kyle Schwarber around the lineup. Last season with the Los Angeles, the veteran infielder hit .337 with six doubles, four home runs, and 12 RBI in the leadoff spot. Turner is also slashing .303/.353/.488 with 69 home runs and 211 RBI from the top of the batting order in his eight-year career.
In addition to his offense, the Phillies have also solidified the middle of their infield with Turner, who has a career fielding percentage of .972. Bryson Stott, who played shortstop last season for the Phillies, will likely move to second base this upcoming season.
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