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Trea Turner officially joins Nats

Jun 14, 2015, 1:07 PM EDT

AP

After six months of waiting due to an unusual rule linked to the MLB Draft, the Nationals finally have the centerpiece of their December trade with the San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays.

Trea Turner is officially a Washington National. The shortstop was considered a ‘player to be named later’ up until Sunday, due to him being drafted in June of 2014. MLB rules stated that teams could not trade players within one year of them being selected in the draft.

Turner, 21, was taken 13th overall by the Padres in 2014. He is considered one of the best shortstop prospects in baseball and will now report to Double-A Harrisburg to continue his development in the Nationals’ farm system.

“We’re happy to complete this trade and add an exceptional talent to our fold,” general manager Mike Rizzo said in a press release. “From the outset, this was a complex deal, but we thought it was one that would better our organization for the present as well as the long term. That’s always our goal. We look forward to getting Trea into our Minor League system.”

The former NC State standout played the first 58 games this season with the Double-A San Antonio Missions. He thrived with a .322 batting average, five home runs, 35 RBI, 11 steals, 31 runs and three triples.

Turner released a statement after the trade was completed via his Twitter account:

“Extremely excited to join the Nationals! Can’t wait to get out on the field with a new uniform and continue doing what I love! Ready to wear some red, white, and blue! #Natitude”

The Nationals traded outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. to the Rays as part of the deal that also sent Wil Myers to San Diego. Washington received Turner and right-hander Joe Ross, who made his second MLB start in Saturday’s win against the Brewers.

  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    The best UN-kept secret in baseball! Glad it’s now official!

  2. NatsLady - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Gotta give the Padres credit: Trea Turner comes to us intact and with appropriate experience, and Tyson Ross attended his brother’s debut. I wish them good luck with Wil Myers (except when they play the Nats, of course).

  3. natsfan1a - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Fi-nally. 😉

  4. Hiram Hover - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Huzzah!

  5. Hiram Hover - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    I followed Mark’s link to the twitter pic from Trea Turner.

    Very nice, but time to update his twitter bio, which still reads “currently playing in the minors for the San Diego @padres.”

  6. senators5 - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    From what I have been told by some BB friends in NC, this kid is a no-brainer defensively and thank the Lord, he is also known as a contact hitter with minimal Ks. Hopefully, those judgments pan out in the near future for the Nats.

    • Sonny G 10 - Jun 15, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      Love hearing that. I like home runs like everyone else, but I like high batting averages and OBP even better. Guys that can keep the line moving are high on my list of wants.

  7. Drew - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Harrisburg plays in Richmond July 7-9. I’m looking forward to the Turner/Difo show.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    On Trea Turner Day, Scherzer throws one of the Top 6 most dominating performances in MLB history.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2015 at 10:22 PM

      and the anniversary of the day Nolan Ryan pitched a complete 13 inning, 19 K, 235 pitch game back in 1974.
      The days when pitchers were expendable but Nolan would not break

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 10:25 PM

        Nolan Ryan wasn’t human. Seriously, a freak of nature.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2015 at 10:33 PM

        the only explanation!

  9. Candide - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Scherzer’s game score: 100. Insane.

  10. Drew - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    I guess this means Strasburg can’t play the goat with Hannah and the horse.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      Hannah and the horse. Both nice looking creatures.

      • ehay2k - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:12 PM

        But perhaps an unsettling combo.

      • adcwonk - Jun 14, 2015 at 8:06 PM

        What horse?

    • Doc - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM

      Maybe, but Hannah and her horse are always looking for new talent.

  11. fstop1970 - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    What Mad Max did today was not only brilliant, it was epic. Here is a list of the company he just joined:
    1. Kerry Wood – 105
    2. Matt Cain – 101, Sandy Koufax – 101, Nolan Ryan – 101
    3. Brandon Morrow – 100, Nolan Ryan – 100 (twice), Curt Schilling – 100, Warren Spahn – 100, Randy Johnson – 100; and today, Max Scherzer – 100. There are only 9 in the history of Major League Baseball with a score of 100 or more; and Max is one of them.

    Really glad he’s a National!

  12. npb99 - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Desi, you used to be one of my favorite players, but right now, all I gotta say is don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

    • Doc - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:33 PM

      Sadly, I feel that way too.

      I think his $100 million is down to $20 million for 3 years, and not with the Nats.

    • thisizit - Jun 14, 2015 at 8:28 PM

      All I gott say is I hope he finds it again.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 10:28 PM

        Some are celebrating his demise and I hope he can find himself. We have pitchers who can make better contact and Desi is just swinging with his head pointed towards leftfield.

      • Doc - Jun 14, 2015 at 10:45 PM

        First he has to admit that he has a problem. Desi still thinks that he’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing.

        Back in the day, players like him used to be traded or sent down.

        He’s been doing his madman swing for a few years now, and it’s starting to catch up to him.

      • therealjohnc - Jun 14, 2015 at 11:09 PM

        Well, not doing the Madman swing nearly got him run out of baseball, so there’s that.

        As for the rest, I wish people wouldn’t mindread and fill in the players’ thoughts. It’s hard to see how they could possibly be accurate.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 11:52 PM

        I feel awful for the guy. That said, it’s not just this current horrible slump. He’s had a horrible year. And it’s gotten to the point that he is not just struggling personally, but that he is doing the team more harm than good. I take no joy in his demise, nor do I feel that anybody celebrates it.I just don’t believe marching him out there game after game is giving this team its best chance to win. I feel certain that he will be productive again, maybe here, or maybe somewhere else, but watching him presently is painful.

      • davebinmd - Jun 15, 2015 at 1:32 PM

        @therealjohnc: No need to mindread when Desi tells us exactly what he’s thinking at the plate. Standing in front of his locker after a game last year (presumably after he managed ‘run into one’ that day), bragging about how he swings as hard as he can at every pitch he swings at.

    • therealjohnc - Jun 14, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      Remember when Espi was that guy, and everyone wanted to ditch Desmond and make Espi the starting shortstop? Then Espi cratered in a horrifying way and Desmond ran off three straight Silver Slugger seasons?

      All I’m saying is that we might have learned that we shouldn’t trust our ability to judge when a player is no longer useful. Might.

      • npb99 - Jun 14, 2015 at 11:28 PM

        And all I’m saying is that it seems just yesterday this guy was a cornerstone, and today his replacement showed up. The prospects of Desi remaining a Nat next year seem really small.
        But I still hope he gets on a roll and helps this team win something in 2015.

      • Doc - Jun 14, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        That ultimate decision is Rizzo’s.

      • scmargenau - Jun 15, 2015 at 2:46 AM

        Espi will be espi. Don’t fall for it

    • Guapo - Jun 15, 2015 at 9:42 AM

      I hope Desmond finds an organization who is honest with him. The Nationals protecting him all these years have not helped him reach his potential. If someone would just sit him down and tell him the truth, he’d be much better off.

      Desmond has never been in jeopardy of losing his starting job, no matter how many balls are kicked or Ks are recorded. He’s had no incentive to get better. The Nats leadership has let him down.

      As much as I rip on Desmond, its really more a criticism of how the Nats have used him. If they’d have sent him down, forced him to fix his issues years ago, he could have been a better ballplayer now. If they’d have tried him in at 2B or corner OF, he’d might have found a place where he can be less of a problem defensively, and given him one less element of pressure for when he gets to the plate.

      In no workplace does coddling someone who’s no reaching their potential work out in the long run. It’s not fair to the org, the team, or the individual.

  13. Doc - Jun 14, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Almost 3 Golden Sombreros in a row—better luck next seroes Desi!

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Game on the line for the Reds and Ryan Mattheus in with his blonde looking beard.

  15. Joe Seamhead - Jun 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The only reason that I can fathom that Rendon is playing 2B instead of 3rd is that he is still fragile, but is 2B really any less of a beating on him? He is a great athlete, and I’m sure that he could play anywhere, but he sure looks most natural at 3B.

    • scmargenau - Jun 15, 2015 at 2:48 AM

      There is no reason. On mlb radio they ate baffled. Re don is top tier third base. Esco is below avg even with batting average. He’s a great 2nd base. As they said there is no plausible reason for this, just typical MW

      • Toot D. Blan - Jun 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

        How can Escobar be a great second baseman? He’s only played 20 games there in his entire career, all of them in his rookie year – which was 2007, eight years ago. The reason Rendon is playing second right now is because as long as Desmond is at shortstop the only place they are comfortable playing Escobar is at third.

      • davebinmd - Jun 15, 2015 at 1:53 PM

        The reason Escobar is playing 3B and Rendon is at 2B is simple, makes perfect sense, and the Nats have explained this: Escobar has virtually no playing time at 2B in his career, just a small handful of games when he was first brought-up, and it wasn’t consistent time even then. He admitted he wasn’t comfortable there but after talking to Nats management said he would happily make the move and they would use spring training to get him comfortable there. Due to his own Lat strain at the very start of camp, and then Rendon’s MCL sprain 3 games into the Grapefruit League season, necessitating someone familiar with playing that side of the infield replacing him, Escobar never got any time playing at 2B while Rendon become comfortable there from time spent there last season. Escobar meanwhile, plays a more than adquate 3B.

        You don’t want Escobar trying to learn a new position during the season when the games count. Even if Rendon plays a slightly better 3B than Escobar, at this stage, until he’s had time to learn 2B, Rendon probably plays a much better 2B than Escobar. You have to keep both of their bats in the lineup, so you go with the lesser of the two evils defensively.

  16. Joe Seamhead - Jun 15, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Billy Hamilton with five steals tonight.

  17. senators5 - Jun 15, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    Stop and think about how set the Nats were before the season began. Now, there are only two positions fixed given no injuries CF and RF. No other position except closer is a lock excepting Sherzer, of course My infield choice would be Rendon, third, Escobar SS, Espinosa 2B Committee at 1B Lobaton C and Taylor in left for LHP and Robinson for RHP. I have little faith that Werth and RZ will ever be as productive as they once were and Ramos, who knows? What I do know is that he is nowhere the defensive catcher Lobaton is. I firmly believe JZimm will bounce back as he, if nothing else, will be motivated by the free agency cash. Desmond needs to go now if for only his sake. Who would have thought last winter that this club would be in such disarray in mid June? I for one would not believe that I would be rooting for Espinosa so there is also the chance the same could happen for Desmond, but I seriously doubt it. Thank God we are in the NL East!!

    • thewerthwhisperer - Jun 15, 2015 at 10:38 AM

      Not sure it’s G!d that gets the credit. :>)

  18. natsfan1a - Jun 15, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    One last thing on topic, classy statement by the kid, and classy treatment of the situation by San Diego. Like the kid said before, you stay classy, San Diego. 😉

  19. Guapo - Jun 15, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    I realize its only AA, but…for a kid who had nothing at all to gain from SD by playing well for them.

    .322 batting average, five home runs, 35 RBI, 11 steals, 31 runs and three triples.

    Solid numbers. I hope it translates to the bigs.

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