The Dodgers and Justin Turner are reportedly close to striking a deal. Los Angeles was expected to retain him, not just because of his love for his hometown area, but because of the lack of viable options.

It appears Turner had one other potential suitor in his native state: the San Francisco Giants. The Giants were initially interested in Turner, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. San Francisco has a hole at third base and needs more offensive firepower, so the fit would’ve made sense. Not to mention the opportunity to weaken an arch nemesis must be tantalizing.

There were rumors the Giants liked Turner, but nothing ever grew out of them. The Giants focused on adding to a bullpen that blew 35 save opportunities and cost them a division title. Once Melancon was in the fold, San Francisco was financially maxed out. Knowing they prioritized the bullpen, their interest in Turner was probably more due diligence than anything.

Such minimal pursuits from other teams means they were aware Turner was dedicated to getting a deal done with the Dodgers. The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were also reportedly intrigued by Turner at one point.

Barring a breakdown in negations, the two sides could reach an agreement sometime soon. Re-signing Turner would be the first game-changing move of the Dodgers offseason. Los Angeles then waits to see what happens with Kenley Jansen and other needs moving forward.

Is Greg Holland next? He met with the Dodgers last week.

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