The Phillies ended the Padres’ season in October. On Monday, the National League champions inflicted a fresh wound.
The Padres’ pursuit of free agent shortstop Trea Turner ended on the first day of the Winter Meetings when the two-time All-Star agreed to an 11-year deal that is reportedly worth $300 million.
“I don’t know,” Padres President of Baseball Operations A.J. Preller said Monday afternoon at the Grand Hyatt when asked whether he thought the Padres were close to getting Turner. “You never really know.”
However, multiple sources said the news hit hard in the Padres’ front office and that there was a high level of disappointment. The precise terms of the Padres’ offer to Turner weren’t known, but two people not directly involved but familiar with the dealings said the Padres offered Turner more than the Phillies. A source with firsthand knowledge of the negotiations confirmed only that the offer was “competitive” with the Phillies.
The 29-year-old Turner signing for what is ostensibly the rest of his career was the latest twist in the Padres’ history with Turner, whom they drafted 13th overall in 2014. Two months later, Preller was hired as general manager. In December, Turner was part of a three-team trade that brought Wil Myers to San Diego.