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Dodgers: Reacting to Justin Turner’s Contract Demands, Looking at DJ LeMahieu, and More | Blue Heaven Podcast

Episode 170: “Reacting to Justin Turner’s Contract Demands, Looking at DJ LeMahieu for the Dodgers, and More”



We’re back and boy did we miss you! Thankfully, there’s a whole bunch of Dodgers news for us all to catch up on! Unfortunately, not too much of it involves actually personnel moves.

First up, Justin Turner has newly reported contract demands and these undoubtedly are too high for the Dodgers. With JT asking for a 4-year deal — at the age of 36 — Clint and Brook break down what could come next for the long-time LA third baseman. Plus, there are new hot stove rumors to discuss which link the Dodgers to two of the top free agents on the market.

Finally, we assess how the Padres offseason is a good thing for LA.

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Join your Blue Heaven hosts, Clint Pasillas and Brook Smith, as they talk about this week in Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball. We share the opinions of our 800,000+ fans from Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook to gain insight on what the fans are thinking and do our best to represent all perspectives in the Dodgers Community. Look out for special interviews with other bloggers, celebrities, players, and more, along with giveaways for the best fans on earth!

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Not sure any team goes for 4 years for Justin. That’s not to say he wouldn’t still have the solid plate presence. The problem is his defense is declining a bit per year. And a big thing to me is his proneness to hamstring issues. They will probably increase. 2 years with an option is good for us. A good thing for Justin would be a few things the second year to lock in that third year. Number of at bats or offensive metrics would be good for both Justin and the team.

    • Yeah, its funny how some people can make the case for Turner, but here you have another option on possibly a better player who would be the same age as Turner is now AFTER his contract is expires!

  2. I love how DN & it’s podcast sets us up with referring to JT’s negotiations as “Demands”. It’s immediately apparent from the negative headline that the Dodgers and D-Nation are bracing us that Turner is not a priority and we’re being primed for the outcome.

    It’s not as if the Dodgers have shelled out TOP dollar for JT and all he’s brought and will bring. This is a negotiation and for the Dodgers and DN to release what they feel will be the most negative portions of his negotiations is really pathetic considering all he’s done and means to this city and fan base. Personally I don’t appreciate the tactic, and JT deserves better. He’s certainly proven to me he’s worth every gawddamn minute and dollar.

    I know what Mookie Betts thought about one of his determining factors. It was JT’s preparedness, approach, and focus that helped him decide to sign basically a lifetime contract. How Betts was inspired and motivated and up’d his own game.

    Now if the Dodgers want to overlook or pretend those little intangibles don’t mean anything and malign JT’s negotiations as “Demands” so be it, but I completely disagree with the tactic and philosophy. It’s dirty pool.

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