The Dodgers are just over a week away from players reporting to Spring Training. And despite how close we are to the start of the season, they still do not have an official starting third baseman.
The Dodgers have long been the favorites to re-sign veteran third baseman Justin Turner. But each passing day that he does not sign with Los Angeles, it feels as though the likelihood of another team swooping in grows.
Early on in the offseason, it didn’t seem like there were many teams other than the Dodgers in on JT. But over the last few weeks, teams have started to come out of the woodwork as they miss out on other free agents. The latest report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says that both the Brewers and Mets remain interested in signing JT.
Rosenthal notes that while the Mets are interested, the two sides have yet to match up well on contract length and total dollars. The Mets also have some hesitancy because a JT signing would likely mean a trade of J.D. Davis. The Dodgers remain interested in Turner at 2 years, which is likely what the other teams are offering at this point.
The Brewers have been rumored in Turner’s free agency for the last couple of weeks, though it’s unclear if there’s been any real traction in negotiations. The biggest factor as of right now seems to be contract length, and at 36, JT does not appear to be getting the 4-year deal he was reportedly searching for.
Although there are still other teams in on him, the Dodgers are likely still the favorites this late in the game. Still, it does seem odd that he’s not already back with Los Angeles.
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