By Sarah Paley
The Phillies signed infielder Trea Turner to an 11-year, $300 million contract.
And at Thursday’s presser the most intriguing question was where would the All-Star bat in the Phils lineup!
The blockbuster pact was agreed upon Monday, the first day of the Winter Meetings, and then formally announced by the Phillies on Thursday morning.
It comes with no opt-outs across the 11-year term, but Turner does get a full no-trade clause.
The 29-year-old boasts a .316/.364/.514 batting line over his last 1,613 plate appearances dating back to the beginning of the 2020 season, and he’s averaged 25 home runs and 37 stolen bases for every 162 games played since the beginning of 2018.
He’ll bring his full five-category fantasy skillset to a Phillies team that made it to the World Series in 2022 and should be all the more dangerous in 2023.
Look for Turner to bat second behind Kyle Schwarber, and then Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto, Nick Castellanos, and Alec Bohm. Bryce Harper (elbow) will also eventually add to the mix.