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  • The Case for Trea Turner in Brewer Gold


    Kyle Ginsbach

    The Milwaukee Brewers are rarely linked to marquee free agents, and they rarely commit the funds to signing that level of player in free agency. With a loaded free agent class looming, the Brewers could have a prime - though very unlikely - target in Trea Turner. Yes, it's unlikely but unlikely does not mean impossible.

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    For the second straight season, a handful of star shortstops are testing their luck in free agency. With Willy Adames already handling the everyday shortstop duties, it doesn’t seem likely that the Brewers will be making a move for any of them. However, Trea Turner is too perfect of an opportunity to pass up.

    The Brewers' offense was plagued with inconsistency during the 2022 season. Trea Turner was not. Turner slashed .298/.343/.466 in 2022 and was a vital piece of a juggernaut Dodgers team. He also earned himself another All-Star selection and a Silver Slugger to boot. It’s safe to say at just 29 years of age, Trea Turner is one of the star infielders in baseball. 

    As of now, Turner stands to sign a contract that could net him upwards of $35 million annually. Still, a true five-tool player entering the prime of his career, it shouldn't be a surprise that Turner is also looking for a lengthy deal. The Milwaukee Brewers have never once spent that level of money, but now could be the time to do so. There’s no question the front office would have to pull some strings. Whether it would be making trades to clear up salary space, or an unusually structured contract, there are ways to lure star players to any franchise. It's not likely, but there is always a slight chance, as evidenced by Minnesota's last-minute acquisition of Carlos Correa in an opt-out-laden deal during Spring Training of 2022.

    Why Turner? Turner is one the best contact hitters in the sport, has solid power for a middle infielder, is a gold glove-caliber fielder, and is one of the fastest players in the league. With Turner, you're getting a proven star with little downside. The numbers are there to support it too, and Turner has the accolades to back it up, with multiple all-star appearances and silver slugger to his name. Not to mention, Turner’s been present on baseball's brightest stage, too, as he was a key piece on the Nationals championship run in 2019. Given the Brewers' lack of offensive consistency and desire to compete over the next two years as Corbin Burnes, Willy Adames, and Brandon Woodruff approach free agency, Turner could be the perfect sparkplug to sit atop the lineup and complement the right-handed Christian Yelich.

     

    Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
    2015 22 WSN NL 27 44 40 5 9 1 0 1 1 2 2 4 12 .225 .295 .325 .620 69 13 0 0 0 0 0 H4/6  
    2016 23 WSN NL 73 324 307 53 105 14 8 13 40 33 6 14 59 .342 .370 .567 .937 142 174 1 1 0 2 0 84/6H RoY-2
    2017 24 WSN NL 98 447 412 75 117 24 6 11 45 46 8 30 80 .284 .338 .451 .789 101 186 4 4 0 1 0 6/H  
    2018 25 WSN NL 162 740 664 103 180 27 6 19 73 43 9 69 132 .271 .344 .416 .760 100 276 7 5 2 0 3 *6/H  
    2019 26 WSN NL 122 569 521 96 155 37 5 19 57 35 5 43 113 .298 .353 .497 .850 117 259 10 3 0 2 2 *6  
    2020 27 WSN NL 59 259 233 46 78 15 4 12 41 12 4 22 36 .335 .394 .588 .982 162 137 5 2 0 2 0 *6 MVP-7
    2021 28 TOT NL 148 646 595 107 195 34 3 28 77 32 5 41 110 .328 .375 .536 .911 145 319 18 6 0 4 2 64/H AS,MVP-5
    2021 28 WSN NL 96 420 388 66 125 17 3 18 49 21 3 26 77 .322 .369 .521 .890 142 202 13 4 0 2 0 6  
    2021 28 LAD NL 52 226 207 41 70 17 0 10 28 11 2 15 33 .338 .385 .565 .950 149 117 5 2 0 2 2 4/6H  
    2022 29 LAD NL 160 708 652 101 194 39 4 21 100 27 3 45 131 .298 .343 .466 .809 121 304 9 3 0 6 1 *6 AS,SS

    What if, by some miracle, the Brewers pull off a deal with Turner? It’ll mean two things. The infield will likely be shaken up, with at least one currently-rostered player standing to lose playing time. Turner has shown the ability to play both middle infield positions, as well as center field. Should the Brewers sign him, decisions will have to be made about who plays and when. More importantly, the Brewers will have finally made the marquee move they’ve been missing in the past two seasons. With other NL Central teams looking to add this offseason, adding a player the caliber of Turner could send the message that the Brewers wish to continue to compete. The value of that can’t be understated.

    Would you like to see Turner in a Brewers uniform? What do you think it’ll take? Let us hear your thoughts below!

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    Turner at third would be the only way for this to make sense. But if this was even possible, why pick up Wong for $10 million? Why not have Turang/Urias take over second?

    Even if we got Turner, we'd have to go full Bobby Bonilla to get him.

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    There's really not a 'case' to be made about adding Trea Turner to the roster. He'd be awesome. He'd be pretty much awesome for any team. But it's about finances. Are we really going to drop $30M+ on a player - for at least five years? The case should be how can we manage that?

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    1 hour ago, Robocaller said:

    It's impossible. The article is ridiculous.

     

     

    11 minutes ago, Hopper said:

    Brewer Gold?

    Is the author even a Brewers fan?

     

    Nothing more needs to be said than these two posts.

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    Fans have meltdowns looking at yelichs contract, imagine 2 years in the message board meltdowns turners contract would create.  

    Why did I read this

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    52 minutes ago, Hopper said:

    Brewer Gold?

    Is the author even a Brewers fan?

    There's no need to be nasty about it. Yes, Kyle is a Brewers fan.

    And it's not unheard of to see the Brewers' colors referenced as either yellow or gold. I didn't even have to search for "brewers gold" and found this article from MLB itself that references gold a couple of times.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/why-brewers-colors-blue-yellow

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    53 minutes ago, torts said:

    Fans have meltdowns looking at yelichs contract, imagine 2 years in the message board meltdowns turners contract would create.  

    Why did I read this

    I thought it was gonna take a turn...

    I personally think Turang is similar to Turner...and THAT is where he was going. I thought it was a little misdirection. Could Turang be our Trea Turner(a similar type player, I'm not saying he's going to be as good). 

    I didn't think it was just a "lets spend 35M a year to sign a player to replace our best player and one of our top prospects! Yeah...small market!"

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    7 hours ago, Brock Beauchamp said:

    There's no need to be nasty about it. Yes, Kyle is a Brewers fan.

    And it's not unheard of to see the Brewers' colors referenced as either yellow or gold. I didn't even have to search for "brewers gold" and found this article from MLB itself that references gold a couple of times.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/why-brewers-colors-blue-yellow

    I know it's hard to find content. But maybe curate it a bit more?

     

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    It's hard to believe Kyle is a Brewers' fan. He has no clue about small market teams in MLB, especially Milwaukee.  He must be confusing the Brewes with the cubs, Dodgers, or Astros.  If Turner got the $35M contract, that would mean he and Yelich by themselves would be 45-50% of the Brewers entire payroll. It would make absolutely no sense. 

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    Kinda clickbaity ... but it's late November, and we are in the boring early throes of the MLB offseason. If there was any time an article like this would be appropriate, now is it. 

    But yeah ... the chances of this happening are fractions of a percentage point.

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    The case for the Brewers signing Aaron Judge:

    He's good and would be an upgrade to players we currently have.

    Hey, I could write for this site!

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    7 hours ago, Robocaller said:

    I know it's hard to find content. But maybe curate it a bit more?

     

    Kyle knew this was a leap and wanted to have some fun with it. This is a game, that’s allowed. People seem to forget that at times. 

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    19 hours ago, Brock Beauchamp said:

    There's no need to be nasty about it. Yes, Kyle is a Brewers fan.

    And it's not unheard of to see the Brewers' colors referenced as either yellow or gold. I didn't even have to search for "brewers gold" and found this article from MLB itself that references gold a couple of times.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/why-brewers-colors-blue-yellow

    I have never, not once in my 50 years as a Brewer fan, seen anything refer to Brewer Gold.  It just isn't done.

    Not sure what that article has to do with anything, yes yellow/gold is one of our colors, but no one considers yellow/gold as our main color.  Just a weird reference imo.

    Carry on.

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    26 minutes ago, Hopper said:

    I have never, not once in my 50 years as a Brewer fan, seen anything refer to Brewer Gold.  It just isn't done.

    Not sure what that article has to do with anything, yes yellow/gold is one of our colors, but no one considers yellow/gold as our main color.  Just a weird reference imo.

    Carry on.

    Come on. It's an innocuous, playful article that seeks to provoke discussion at an otherwise quiet point in the offseason. For someone who complains incessantly about condescending speak, you sure do have an interesting habit of actually being condescending towards others. Like, we're all Brewers fans here, and a single word in an offseason article should not be enough to question that. 

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