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.”