TREA TURNER TO PHILS SOUNDS MORE LIKE A WHEN, NOT AN IF!

By Peter Marx and Sam Bush

Trea Turner has been linked to the Phillies throughout the offseason.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported last week that the 29-year-old shortstop was the team’s “top target” in free agency.

On Monday, MLB Network insider Joel Sherman was even more bullish.

“If you’re a betting man, I think [the Phillies signing Turner] has a good chance to happen,” Sherman said during Monday’s edition of MLB Now.

The Phillies have a glaring hole in the middle of their infield as Didi Gregorius and Jean Segura are both free agents. Plus, with Bryce Harper expected to miss significant time next season following his recent elbow surgery, the Phillies could be even more motivated to make a big pickup on the open market.

“The Phillies initially, we believed that they would be in the shortstop market, whether it’s [Xander] Bogaerts or Turner, Bryce Harper’s close friend,” Morosi said Monday on MLB Network. “I think [Harper’s surgery] probably underscores and emphasizes their interest in the shortstop market.”

Dodgers reporter David Vassegh said during Monday’s episode of High Heat that L.A. was looking at other options at shortstop beyond re-signing Turner and listed the Phils, Cubs and Braves as the three teams that are “certainly in” on the 2022 All-Star and Sliver Slugger.

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