Trea Turner was a big part of the 2019 World Series roster, and after he was traded last July, he’s back in D.C. this week for three as part of the Dodgers’ roster…
Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo bristled when a question about the trade which sent both Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers at last July 30th’s deadline was framed as the club moving on from Turner six and a half seasons after they’d acquired him in a three-team deal with San Diego and Tampa Bay.
Turner had a year-plus of team control left when he was dealt, and it ended up being a big factor in the package the Nationals were able to get in return (which included Josiah Gray, Keibert Ruiz, pitcher Gerardo Carrillo, and outfielder Donovan Casey).
“We didn’t move on from Trea,” Rizzo clarified, noting that the initial deal for Turner in 2015 was, “… one of the greatest trades I ever made in my career. He was a beloved player in the clubhouse, I loved him myself, we maximized Trea’s value because of where we’re at as a franchise, and Trea Turner with two playoff runs in him and one and a half years is way more valuable than a Trea Turner that’s got one more year before free agency. So that was the biggest reason that went into the decision-making process.