Report: ‘Phillies will wind up with one of elite shorstops’
The Major League Baseball winter meeting take place next week, which could heat stuff up with the free agents who are on the open market and free to sign with new teams or return to their current teams.
So far its been pretty quiet on the Phillies front, but according to ESPN's Buster Olney, a longtime agent says: "The Phillies will wind up with one of the (elite) shortstops. That's going to happen."
When speaking of the elite shortstops, there are four. Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson and Trea Turner.
Turner is the one to keep an eye on with the Phillies according to a dozen team executives and MLB insiders from across both leagues that were recently polled by Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com.
Six of the 12 people polled for the piece predicted that Turner would end up with the Phillies.
"Dave Dombrowski isn't going to sit on his hands," said one voter who chose Turner to the Phillies. "His owner seems to be on the same page. I almost wonder how the Phillies don't get one of them."
None of the other four shortstops were predicted to land with the Phillies by the 12 executives and MLB insiders polled for the piece.
Over at MLB Network, insider Jon Morosi agrees with the poll, that the Phillies are the favorite to land Turner this offseason.
"Right now the Phillies are viewed as the favorites," Morosi said on MLB Network. "There are other teams involved certainly. But the fit for Philadelphia is there. They just made it to the World Series, they might be one player away from being able to win it all in 2023 and Trea Turner is said by many to have a preference to play for a team that trains in Florida. He is a very close friend of Bryce Harper's, began his career in Washington."
Morosi mentions that Turner is probably going to land a salary that will pay him in excess of over $30 million per season.
He mentions the Giants as a contender to sign him, but that for the Phillies, Turner is their top priority.
The MLB winter meetings begin next week in San Diego.