It’s not often that you hear of a 36-year-old infielder asking for a 4-year deal in the big leagues. But that’s exactly where the Dodgers find themselves with Justin Turner heading into the 2021 offseason.
The earlier reports from JT’s free agency was that he was looking for a 4-year deal that would take him to retirement. That fact alone had many counting the Dodgers out on him, as they are now in a position where they could let him walk if his demands got out of hand. His asking 4 years from LA would certainly be a reach.
But as it turns out, his contract demands might not be as simple as it seems. David Vassegh revealed on High Heat this week that Turner probably was asking 4 years, but only for a team to pry him away from the Dodgers.
We heard the report about him wanting 4 years. My belief is that he wanted 4 years from another team to pry him away from Los Angeles. He just means too much to the team, to the city of Los Angeles for him to just leave for the same amount of years and dollars.
It would make sense if Turner was asking teams to beat anything the Dodgers could offer, not just match it. JT has made a name for himself out in Los Angeles, and he probably has the opportunity to win more championships here than any other team that would take him.
With that in mind, Vassegh fully expects that the Dodgers and JT will come to a resolution here soon. Turner is back in Los Angeles working out, and there is very little reason to believe that he will not be signing with the Dodgers.
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