Everyone is acutely aware that several key Dodgers are free agents this winter. Especially current Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.
On Monday, Justin Turner spoke with AM 570’s David Vassegh about long time teammates Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw, and Chris Taylor being free agents this winter. Given that JT just went through the free agency circus a year ago, he more than most is in a qualified position to speak on the subject.
“Being a free agent is difficult for guys. Especially for guys like Corey and Kenley who have been with this organization their entire career.”
Both Kenley and Seager, along with Kershaw, came up through the Dodgers system.
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Jansen is coming off a resurgent season where he posted his lowest ERA (2.22) since 2017. Seager recorded the second best OPS for a shortstop (.915) behind Fernando Tatis Jr. (.975). Kershaw made just 22 starts as he battled various injuries throughout the year en route to a 3.55 ERA.
Turner said he recently spoke with Jansen about his big decision. When Vassegh asked if Turner could convince any of the free agent Dodgers to re-sign, Turner had this to say:
“I don’t think that they’re counting on me to help them make their decisions. I’ve been here a couple of times and it’s not all peachy like it should be. There’s some tough decisions ahead of these guys.”
Turner also admitted he’s not ready to accept that some, or all, of the long time Dodgers could be gone.
“It’s obviously a reality that all of those guys might end up signing somewhere else. It’s a reality that most people, myself including, aren’t ready to face yet.”
Turner also echoed that this will not be a long, drawn out free agency period due to the current CBA expiring on December 1st. The general sentiment around the league is players and teams are hoping to execute deals before December 1st.
Whether it happens fast or slow, losing some longtime Dodgers in free agency is a distinct possibility.