After winning the World Series in 2019, it seems that the Nationals may be heading for a reset/rebuild. It has been reported that everyone except for Juan Soto is on the table, and as the Nats look to shed salary, the Braves should attempt to poach some pieces from their division rival.
Keep hearing Washington ownership isn’t going to do anything long term with Tre Turner. Talk about a market changer…
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 26, 2021
I’m a bit biased, mainly because Trea Turner is one of my favorite players in all of baseball. Washington would likely be very hesitant to deal a superstar to a division rival, but perhaps the Braves could make an offer that the Nats couldn’t refuse. Turner has absolutely crushed the Braves over his career.
Turner vs. Braves (Career): .320/.363/.539/.899, 21 2B, 6 3B, 16 HR, 46 RBI, 30 SB (89 Games)
Not only would adding Turner keep him from torturing us, but the Braves would also be getting one of the best true five-tool players in all of baseball. At 28 years old, he’s having one of the quietest superstar careers ever, and in 2021, he has been even better on his way to his first All-Star Game.
Turner (Career): .299/.355/.486/.841, 135 2B, 32 3B, 93 HR, 306 RBI, 192 SB
Turner (2021): .319/.367/.521/.888, 17 2B, 3 3B, 18 HR, 49 RBI, 21 SB
When you add Tuner to the mix with Ronald Acuña Jr., you have two guys who can do everything and offer a 40/40+ threat in any given season. I am completely comfortable with giving Turner a massive extension as well. I doubt Washington is chomping at the bit to send him to Atlanta, but if I’m Alex Anthopoulos, I may have to make an offer that Mike Rizzo can’t refuse.