The Dodgers getting back Justin Turner solved more than just a need for a leader. Granted, the leadership that comes with Turner is difficult to find, and adding him in brings an edge to the team heading for another title.
But what the Dodgers were lacking before his signing was a third baseman. Los Angeles was set to enter the 2021 season without a true playmaker over at the hot corner, possibly relying on the performance of a few unproven names in terms of defense.
But Turner is also 36-years-old and his defense is in steep decline. Despite that, the Dodgers don’t sound like they will be playing RedTurn2 anywhere else but at third.
The question asked to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was about the impact of not having the universal DH. Roberts said that while he did not see him getting reps at first base as suggested, Rios is a good way to get Turner off of his feet.
I think that I don’t see first base. Certainly, with the DH and not having it night in and night out is something will be different. It’s nice to be Edwin and I think what it will mean is directly impacting Edwin as far as giving him more at-bats. He needs some runway, he’s earned it…
On one hand, it does make sense that Turner mostly stay at third base. There are not many lineup scenarios for the Dodgers where that would make sense barring any injuries. And it’s not as if JT is completely incompetent at the hot corner. He can still glove it with the best of them at times, and he’s made up for a dip in arm strength over the year.
Whatever the Dodgers decided to do at third base, there is going to be a ton of talent at the position over the next 5-10 years.
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