I would guess that there isn’t a Dodgers fan out there that wouldn’t love to see Justin Turner get a deal to return this year. It would just need to be at the right price. There is a limit on what sort of deal that he should get, and it doesn’t appear that LA is eager to give him everything he wants to finish his career here.
The latest report out of the LA Times is that Turner is seeking a deal for 4 years on his next contract. That would have JT playing through his age-39 season, and likely retiring a month before he hits 40. The Dodgers are not looking to go that far into his career with a contract commitment.
The Dodgers are reportedly only interested in bringing Turner back on a 2-year pact, per the report. That means that not only are the two sides far apart on the length of contract but likely total dollars as well. With just 6 weeks until LA is set to report for Spring Training, there isn’t a whole lot of time for the two sides to meet in the middle.
If another team is willing to give JT the 4 years he wants, it wouldn’t make sense for him not to go there. The Dodgers don’t NEED to give in to his demands and give him extra years, and they’ve shown that by their rumored interest in DJ LeMahieu. If he is willing to take a shorter deal, then I would fully expect LA to give that to him.
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