Turner and the Nationals had been in contract extension discussions over the past year. However, such talks failed due to multiple reasons.
For one, as noted by the Washington Post, Turner’s agents at CAA Sports were in regular contact with the Nationals front office for a contract extension deal over the 2020 MLB Spring Training period.
The Nationals had received a trio of offers from Turner’s agents, including one that centered on a six-year, $100 million deal. The two sides failed to reach an agreement for a deal at the time, but they re-opened such talks ahead of the 2021 MLB season.
As further noted by the report, Turner’s agents took a steep approach with their new extension talks for the one-time All-Star, as they aimed to get their client a contract in the ballpark of Francisco Lindor’s mega $341 million extension deal that he signed with the New York Mets.
The Nationals had no interest in signing Turner to such a deal, and they responded by never making another offer to him.
Washington later made the decision to trade Turner to the Dodgers, but they had to receive one final approval from team owner Ted Lerner before doing so.
Following the trade, Turner provided his take on the failed extension talks with Washington, where he noted that he had been waiting for the team to re-open contract discussions with him again.
The Nationals are now in a mini rebuild mode. While the team parted ways with Scherzer and Turner, they still do have the likes of star talent Juan Soto, whom they plan to build around for the future.
For now, Turner will have an intrigue on the upcoming offseason, where extension talks with the Dodgers could be on the horizon.