But this isn’t a Turner-or-nothing situation. Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson are free-agent shortstops, too.
“There are four really good shortstops out there, right?” Dombrowski said. “I wouldn’t get into any specifics on which ones we like, but we like all of them, as I think probably every club in baseball. That’s not a revelation. We like them all.”
Because the Phillies have money to spend and because they have a need, they can be aggressive and sign one of them.
“We have complete flexibility to do whatever we like,” Dombrowski said. “So that’s how I would answer that question. We’ll just see what happens. … We have a young player in Stott that we really like a lot. He can play short or second. We also have a young player in [Edmundo Sosa] that we like a lot. We feel that even if we didn’t sign Jean back and we didn’t do anything else, internally we have some answers ourselves. But it also gives us, as the winter progresses, complete flexibility to make additions as we want.”
One note about Turner and other free agents: Take any buzz about a player’s preferred destination with a grain of salt. In the end, the player almost always takes the best offer. As he should.
Turner very well might want to play for the Phillies more than anybody else. He might have even told his agents at CAA, “Try to make Philly happen.” But if another team significantly outbids the Phils, he probably will sign with that team.
Remember the reports throughout the 2018-19 offseason that Harper preferred the West Coast and did not want to play for the Phillies? Remember the reports that Manny Machado preferred the East Coast and did not want to play on the West Coast?
Where did they end up? Where the money was.