As of right now, the Dodgers and Justin Turner don’t seem to be any closer to agreeing on a contract. But the good news is that there is still no indication that Turner plans on signing elsewhere or that he wants to play anywhere else.
The Dodgers know what JT brings to the team on a daily basis, even if his defense has been in decline. Turner has provided a solid and consistent bat in the middle of the lineup for 7 years out in Los Angeles.
But it’s not just the Dodgers who value Turner across the board. MLB Network recently did their third base rankings, and JT came in high on the list. The Shredder ranked Turner as the 6th-best third baseman in baseball today, ahead of All-Stars like Matt Chapman and Eugenio Suarez.
While we agree that JT is easily one of OUR favorite third basemen, 6th does seem a little high for the 36-year-old. From an offensive standpoint, JT has seen a power dip since 2018 despite most of his numbers staying relatively steady. But the Dodgers having Turner play 3B on a daily basis likely took a few good swings off of his career.
Defensively, almost every measure tells you that Turner is on his way out at the hot corner. The shortened season in 2020 seemed to help slow that a bit, but it’s a safe bet that playing in the field isn’t in anyone’s plan for Turner long-term. It certainly doesn’t bode well for the Dodgers’ chances at signing him to a deal longer than 2 years.
But despite the fact that they ranked him ahead of guys like Chapman and Suarez, JT is still able to play at a pretty high level. The Dodgers absolutely would not have been able to pull out their first World Series win since 1988 without him.
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