PHOENIX — Heading into this season, Trea Turner figured to be some of the sought-after gamers on the free-agent market this winter.
Nothing that has occurred through the season has modified that – together with any try by the Dodgers to maintain Turner from hitting the open market by negotiating a contract extension to maintain him in Los Angeles.
Turner stated Wednesday there have been preliminary discussions in the spring however “all of us agreed we did not actually get anyplace.” So he advised the Dodgers he would “slightly simply concentrate on the season” and never speak in regards to the contract through the season.
“So we’ve not talked since then,” he stated. “But I’m certain we’ll be speaking in a couple of weeks.”
Indeed they are going to. Turner has adopted up his 2021 batting title by batting .305 this season (fourth in the National League) with 20 house runs, 24 stolen bases (fourth in the NL) and a personal-best 96 RBIs (additionally fourth in the NL).
“Yeah, I believe this yr mentally was positively totally different, a little bit more durable,” Turner stated of taking part in with pending free agency in the again of his thoughts. “I really feel like every single day you have acquired one thing on the road – though you actually do not, however you do.
“I simply tried to maintain telling myself that if I can have some enjoyable, get pleasure from it then that stuff would maintain itself. I believe it has. I believe this yr has been fairly good total. I positively really feel like I may play higher in all sides actually. But for essentially the most half, trying again, I believe it has been a reasonably good yr for me individually.”
When Turner was traded to the Dodgers (together with pitcher Max Scherzer) final July, he admits he was “shocked” by it though there had been hypothesis in regards to the Washington Nationals transferring him forward of his free agency.
There was additionally a notion that Turner was not glad being despatched to the West Coast and would unlikely signal a long-term deal to remain out west. A Florida native, Turner performed faculty baseball at North Carolina State the place he met his spouse, Kristen, who is additionally an East Coast native.
Turner acknowledges that he helped create that notion.
“I initially stated that so I would not essentially get traded to sure locations. I used to be making an attempt to manage as a lot as I may – as a result of quite a lot of it was out of my management,” he stated. “Yeah, I’m an East Coast man. But with free agency, you get an opportunity to choose and management it as a lot as you may in your whole profession. I’m open to something actually. Everything is in play.
“That was extra for a commerce and an extension in a spot I did not actually know. I did not wish to get traded after which get supplied an extension instantly and never know something in regards to the metropolis and stuff. … To me, that (determination) could be all primarily based off cash and that is not how I wish to make my determination. Obviously, that is an element however much more goes into it. I believe it was extra of that.
“Yeah, I’m from the East Coast. Would I like to return? certain But I believe LA’s been actually good to me.”
A transfer again to his pure place at shortstop this yr helped make Turner extra comfy in his western house. Off the sector, he acknowledges that he and his spouse and their toddler son have additionally grown extra comfy in LA
“It’s getting higher. We’re getting used to it,” he stated. “The metropolis’s nice and all that. Maybe we simply have to discover a neighborhood that we really feel comfy in. Renting and transferring round was type of powerful. Being capable of purchase a house and have or not it’s a house I believe could be very nice.
“Everything right here has been actually good. It’s positively not a ‘I do not wish to be on the West Coast’ factor.”