At the start of the offseason, most around Major League Baseball figured it was a foregone conclusion that Justin Turner would be back with the Dodgers. So much so that many fans hadn’t even given the idea of him leaving a thought early on.
But just a few months later, Turner coming back to the Dodgers seems to be a huge question mark. There have been teams in on the veteran third baseman, and JT has also been reported to be seeking a 3-year deal. A 3-year commitment at Turner’s age is tough for a team as consistently competitive as Los Angeles.
Speaking with Dodgers media on Thursday afternoon, Dave Roberts revealed that he has had a few conversations with JT. As of now, he has not had one relating to his free agency search. Doc also said that he will be reconnecting with Turner later next week. He did not say if they would be talking about free agency then either.
Dave Roberts says that he last talked to JT the night before Seager's wedding on Facetime.
Plans on reconnecting with him next week. Says he did not get too far into the free agency talk with him though.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) December 17, 2020
This all comes just one day after Andrew Friedman said that the team had to be ready for a life without Justin Turner. Talking with SportsNet LA last night, Friedman insisted that he was hopeful for a reunion, but that it was in the team’s best interests to prepare for his departure in free agency.
Outlook for JT
Roberts did say that he puts Turner at the top of his priority list in terms of things to get done this offseason. What he has done for the Dodgers and the community cannot be overlooked, and Doc knows what he brings to any team.
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