Another day appears to have gone by without Justin Turner returning to the Dodgers. With each passing day and each new rumor, the likelihood of JT coming back to Los Angeles shrinks a little more.
Today, the rumors involve the Dodgers and a right-handed bat out of Miami. Los Angeles reportedly has inquired with the Marlins on first baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper. His presence in the lineup and on the bench would likely mean that Justin Turner would no longer be an option, so he can probably be viewed as the contingency plan.
Cooper has been very productive for the Marlins over the last 2 years. albeit in very limited showings. Between 2019 and 2020, Cooper combined to slash .281/.347/.459 with an OPS of .806 in 141 games. If he were to land with the Dodgers, he would likely represent the option at first base against left-handed pitching. Cooper crushed southpaws in 2020 with 14 hits in 40 at-bats.
The Dodgers’ interest in him would also probably mean that Max Muncy and Edwin Rios would take over responsibility at third base. Against right-handed pitching, Muncy or Rios would play the hot corner.
At this point, it’s unclear how serious the inquiry is, but Turner would likely need to land somewhere else to make it happen. At age 30, Cooper has 3 total seasons of team control left. He would also cost just $1.9 million against the luxury tax.
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