Anyone paying attention to the offseason trade rumors has heard Rockies’ star third baseman Nolan Arenado’s name tossed around quite a bit as it is well known he is not happy in Colorado. So with Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner entering free agency, there has been much speculation as to who may be in and who’s not.
So we wanted to find out, hypothetically of course, if Dodgers fans could pick between JT and Nolan in 2021 and beyond, who would they rather have?
Let's play a game here… you can pick only one, who you going with? #Dodgers
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) November 25, 2020
It seems as though most were surprised that this poll was so close given how much JT is loved in LA. The benefits of having a veteran of his status on the team are incalculable
We shouldn’t trade away our prospects to a Division Rival for a player we don’t “need”. Let’s re-sign Turner and get Edwin Ríos some more opportunities. Dodgers 2021!
— Jürgen West (@JuergenWest) December 1, 2020
While an argument can be made for Nolan with his 8 gold gloves, 2 platinum gloves, and 4 silver sluggers.
Love Turner, but If the goal is to win another World Series then It’s obviously Arenado. Replaces and upgrades turners lost power, adds the best defender in baseball, and youth. Plus he’s from SoCal just like Turner and is hungry. No brainer
— Mar-El (@MANOFSTEEL_79) November 25, 2020
Even though Los Angeles is one of the biggest markets in the league, there are monetary concerns and the future of the franchise to consider.
The thing is this pole is asking the wrong question. How does bringing in Arenado & his huge contract effect their ability to resign Seager (Or another 1 of the SS available after 2021)? The Arenado issue is more him or Seager. JT could still be brought back in a Util/backup role
— Michael Sloniker (@msloniker122217) November 25, 2020
Outside of Coors Field, Arenado hasn’t exactly had a mile high batting average while Turner’s performance in the 2020 World Series was a clinic in awareness on the field and his bat was as steady as we’ve come to expect. Fans may have to come to terms with the fact that he is getting older and may not have many years left whilst Nolan is still in his prime. Whether or not Justin remains in Dodger blue is yet to be seen however, he will always remain a legend in the hearts of fans.
Allll day. pic.twitter.com/UbA30h8ZSG
— Chris Guzman ? (@christopherguz) November 25, 2020
Again, this is purely a hypothetical exercise. In fact, the Arenado-to-LA rumors have seemingly died down with multiple insiders ruling out a trade happening this offseason. At least to the Dodgers. Still, the final results of the poll question are somewhat surprising. Sure, Nolan Arenado is a superstar in the game, but Justin Turner means so much to the Dodgers and the city of Los Angeles. The fact that more than half of the 4,500+ votes went to Nolan is definitely surprising but not shocking, considering all the variables involved between the two.
Where do you stand? Let us know in the comments below!