Every day that the Dodgers don’t sign Justin Turner, it seems stranger and stranger. The fact that JT didn’t sign immediately with Los Angeles seemed to indicate that Turner is open to other options and that LA could be ready to move on.
Turner will likely have plenty of suitors looking for a quality right-handed bat on the market. While his defense at third is in steep decline, he can still bring some value with the leather. The fact that he reportedly wants a 4-year deal would not make him and the Dodgers a match for a deal.
For SportsNet LA’s Jerry Hairston Jr, he still believes that Turner will be back with the Dodgers. But as he talked about today with John Hartung, he worries that a former team of JT’s with big pockets could steal him away.
My heart is telling me that he will re-sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, I really believe that they will get it done. But the longer this goes on and drags out, the team that scares me is the New York Mets. Steve Cohen and that franchise are trying to make moves and will make a couple more to bolster their lineup. If Justin Turner is sitting right there, they could cement him at third base for a couple of years.
It would be quite the career arc if the Mets came in and swooped up JT last minute. Turer was cut by New York after the 2013 season, paving the way for the Dodgers to pick him up on a minor league deal. The rest is history, as JT became one of the most productive regular and postseason hitters for Los Angeles perhaps of all time.
Billionaire Steve Cohen just bought out the Mets this offseason, and he’s shown he means business. The team already acquired Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco in a blockbuster deal that is sure to have the Mets competing in 2021. After missing out on DJ LeMahieu, adding the Dodgers veteran in might not be a bad move.
The Mets also just missed out on George Springer on Tuesday night, as he signed with the Blue Jays on a massive $150 million deal. JT could be that veteran right-handed bat that they’re looking for, especially at the cost he will come at.
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