The San Diego Padres may have a generational shortstop in Fernando Tatís Jr., but their decision to trade Trea Turner haunted them Monday with the Nationals in town.
Playing in his first game since jamming a finger on a triple Wednesday, Turner took the first pitch he saw and launched it into the second deck at Petco Park to give the Nationals an early 1-0 lead against the team that drafted him.
Washington acquired Turner in a 2014 three-team trade that saw Wil Myers and three other players go to the Padres, Steven Souza Jr. and prospect Travis Ott land with the Tampa Bay Rays, and Turner join Joe Ross in D.C. The move turned out to be a steal for the Nationals as Turner developed into a star for them at shortstop and Ross proved to be a solid starter.
Turner has been a menace when playing the Padres throughout his career. He entered Monday’s game batting .295 with three home runs and a .939 OPS in 17 games against them.