Trea Turner is one of the top prospects with baseball.
His career, however, is within limbo.
Turner was the Padres’ first-round Draft pick last June, the 13th player taken overall, and he was a hit in his pro debut. The shortstop out of New york State hit .323 and stole 23 bases in 28 attempts in 69 online games — the final 46 at full-season Class A Fort Wayne. After that, he went 14-for-35 (.400) inside the Arizona Fall League.
Right at this point, he’s still with the Padres — theoretically, but not really.
In the 11-player, three-team buy and sell that routed outfielder Wil Myers from Tampa bay Bay to San Diego about Friday, the Padres sent a farmer to be named to the People as a final piece towards the deal. The P.T.B.N., however, is no secret. He’s named Trea Turner.
Turner, nonetheless, is caught up in the red tape of the so-called Pete Incaviglia Rule, instituted 30 years ago this fall, which in turn forbids a team from buying and selling a drafted player until finally one year after he indicators his first professional contract.
Supporters of efforts to the opposite that rule and allow groups to trade Draft options feel the Turner situation could be the step to finally winning their combat.
What’s the big deal? Turner technically is one of the Padres, so he will go to Spring Training with the Padres, in Peoria, Arizona., not with the Nationals throughout Viera, Fla. He will also start the Minor League time of year with the Padres, and would lastly be able to officially join the particular Nationals on June Thirteen — the anniversary of whilst signed a contract that presented him an over-slot signing reward of $2.9 million.
Being watchful not to refer to Turner by identify, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo performed say he and Padres comparable version A.J. Preller have talked about how to handle Turner until he can join the Nationals. Rizzo indicated you will find there’s list of players the People can consider if Turner is injured.
Blame it on Incaviglia and adviser Bucky Woy.
Incaviglia, coming off of a record-setting year at Oklahoma State, has been the first-round Draft choice of the actual Montreal Expos in 1985 — this eighth player selected all round. He refused to sign unless he was not merely given a big league agreement, but also allowed to come to the big leagues.
After Incaviglia missed the 1985 season, Woy received permission coming from then Commissioner Peter Ueberroth to see if they could find a team that would accept Incaviglia’s demand, and work out any trade with the Expos. Your Rangers were willing and able.
So upon Nov. 2, 1985, the Expos ‘signed’ Incaviglia to a contract that will included what at the time would have been a sizable $150,000 bonus, including a guaranteed Major League minimum salary of $60,000 for 1986. Times later, Incaviglia was dealt to your Rangers for shortstop Jimmy Anderson and right-handed glass pitcher Bob Sebra.
Incaviglia made good in his opportunity. He had this type of strong spring with the Ranger in 1986 — including hitting any line drive that pulled a hole in the fence on the Rangers’ spring home in Pompano Seashore, Fla. — that he hit washing for the Rangers on Opening up Day. He hit 40 home runs that period, the first player in Rangers history to reach that level. He hit 20 if not more homers in each of his five seasons with Texas. Within the next seven seasons, he spent time with the Tigers, Astros, Phillies, Orioles in addition to Yankees, finishing his vocation with 206 home runs.
Ever ever since then, teams have sought out solutions to skirt the rule — like in 1997 when the Mets ‘loaned’ right-handed pitcher Andy Zwirchit to the Braves, who designated him to High-A Durham. It turned out announced in June of their season that the Braves had ‘accepted’ Zwirchit as being the player to be named in the trade that sent Paul Byrd to the Mets for Greg McMichael.
Zwirchit, however, had not been a prime prospect like Turner, no attention was paid as to what happened. He was a Twenty second round Draft choice with 1996. After his 1 season in the Braves organization, he was released and spent most of his career pitching in the independent leagues.
But baseball is packed with tales of how teams skirted principles.
Just ask Gorman Thomas.
After spending your 1975 and ’76 seasons inside big leagues with the Brewers, Thomas spent 1977 with the Brewers’ Triple-A staff at Spokane. Milwaukee also had younger players it wished to protect in that year’s Rule 5 Draft.
The Brewers, however, didn’t want to lose Thomas’ electrical power potential. To get around revealing him to the Rule 5 various Draft, they sent him to the Rangers on March. 25, 1977, as the player being named for an earlier buy and sell of catcher Ed Kirkpatrick from Florida to Milwaukee.
The Rangers had a spot on their 40-man roster, so that they could protect Thomas with the Draft. Then, on Feb .. 8, 1978, Texas directed Thomas back to the Machines for ‘cash considerations.’
Thomas would will continue to become a key part of the 1982 team that made the only real World Series appearance throughout Brewers franchise history. They hit 175 home works for the Brewers during the five-year cover from 1978-82 — including pacing the Us League in home runs with 1979 (45) and attaching for the Major League lead in 1982 (39).
The Excellent can only hope the Trea Turner saga features such a happy ending.