Dodgers fans have remained hopeful that Justin Turner will return to Los Angeles and retire here. All of the work that he has done with the team and community over the years just makes LA seem like the perfect fit for the now 36-year-old veteran.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be as easy as initially thought. And really, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given how good JT’s bat still is and the leadership that he can bring to any clubhouse. The Dodgers are going to have some competition in retaining Turner, and at least one team has already been in contact.
The Atheltic’s Ken Rosenthal noted that Turner is one of the free agents that the Toronto Blue Jays have been in contact with in recent weeks. That matchup does make sense given that the Blue Jays are a young team that also plays in the American League. Turner still can pick it over at third base, but his talents might be better suited to a DH role the further down the line in his career he gets. The Dodgers may not be able to offer that.
It could just be Toronto doing their due diligence, but it also could be real competition. The Blue Jays could use veteran leadership for a team that is right on the cusp of being a real contender in 2021, and JT could easily be that guy. Still, a Dodgers reunion seems like the most likely scenario for Turner at this stage in his career.
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