Phils exceed expectations in the off-season

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What more could a Phillies fan want from the team in reference to the signings that have been made in the last couple of days by the team? It’s a true Christmas present that has been placed under the Phillies fan’s tree. First, we get perhaps the best free-agent shortstop in the game, arguably of course Trea Turner.

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I really have never followed Trea Turner’s career all that closely. I knew of his playing with the Nationals and then going to the Dodgers but he wasn’t a player that was on my radar as far as seeing what he was doing with the teams he was on.

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Turner hit a solid 21 HR and drove in 100 RBI last year, he had a 4.9 WAR for the blue crew. Let’s take a look at some of his numbers over the years:

Standard Batting
Year Tm G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA
2015WSN2740910112.225
2016WSN73307105148134033.342
2017WSN98412117246114546.284
2018WSN162664180276197343.271
2019WSN122521155375195735.298
2020WSN5923378154124112.335
2021TOT148595195343287732.328
2021WSN96388125173184921.322
2021LAD5220770170102811.338
2022LAD1606521943942110027.298
8 Yr8 Yr8493424103319136124434230.302
162 162 162653197367248344.302
WSN WSN 63725657691353293306192.300
LAD LAD 2128592645643112838.307
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/7/2022.

So Turner should be a bright spot for the Phillies next season, and he will add a much-needed pop in the offense as he is very reliable at the plate. A real upgrade to the Phillies lineup, and it did come at a price of course. An 11-year, $300M contract for Turner. For the first time ever the Phillies have two players on the team that is making $300M or more on the team.

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Adding to the mix for pitching the Phils picked up a solid pitcher in Taijuan Walker, formerly of the Mets. It should be a great signing as well. Walker is a solid pitcher and it was curious to see why the Mets let him walk away from the team.

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Walker is going to add a much-needed starting pitcher that will be able to pitch for some innings. Walker was 12-5 in 29 starts last year for the Mets. He’s a veteran that knows how to win. He did slip a little in 2021, with a 7-11 record with a 4.47 ERA

Main photo: By All-Pro Reels from District of Columbia, USA – Trea Turner throws it around the horn after an Eric Fedde strikeout from Nationals vs. Diamondbacks at Nationals Park, April 17th, 2021 (All-Pro Reels Photography), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=104621053

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