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Dodgers Rumors: Why Justin Turner Hasn’t Signed Yet, Mookie Betts Ranked Best RF in MLB



With spring training set to begin in a little over two weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers still have yet to re-sign free agent third baseman Justin Turner. Several of the rumored options to fill LA’s need for a right-handed bat are quickly coming off the board. We discuss why the Dodgers and Justin Turner still haven’t come to an agreement on a contract and how the lack of clarity from MLB on the DH could be holding up a potential deal.

Plus, we take a look at potential Dodgers opening day lineups if they don’t re-sign Justin Turner or make any impact trades or signings.

Then, MLB Network ranked Mookie Betts as the #1 right-fielder in MLB. However, three MLB network analysts had Washington Nationals young standout Juan Soto as the game’s premier right-fielder. We compare the elite outfielders and discuss how close it really is between Mookie Betts and Juan Soto.

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NEXT: Dodgers Lineup Ranked as the Best in MLB Even Without Justin Turner

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  1. Dodgers should stay with the 2 year offer for Turner to re-sign. The Dodgers have internal players only 1-2 years away. Stats show Turner is 36 his bat is starting to slow having problems with high fastballs etc. His defensive metrics are also down. Turner continues to be very effective offensively and a leader in the locker room. However, with Rios showing so much potential and Hoese, Vargas, and others coming up the Dodgers should not sign JT for more than a couple of years. Rumors are Jose Ramirez is being offered in trade by the Indians. Do the Dodgers decide to use a few minor league players to get Ramirez? He is under team control for a couple more years, is only 28 and is a very good switch hitting 3rd baseman.

    • Very wishful thinking but….
      Jose Ramirez Trade Rumors: Cleveland ‘Not Interested’ in Moving Star 3B

      The fanbase has grown agitated with ownership over a lack of spending to augment a squad that reached the 2016 World Series. From 2016-20, the franchise didn’t finish higher than 15th in year-end payroll.
      Dumping Ramirez would only inflame those emotions given his relatively cheap salary.

    • You do know, don’t you, that it wasn’t until this time in Feb last yr that we made the trade for Mookie. Evrryone that has been paying attn knows that deals and trades have been happening late in the off season.

      • Betts contract is good for now and maybe for five years,

        But it will become a big heavy weigh around their financial necks for about 6 years when betts can no longer perform for the money he is paid and they can’t get rid of him.

        Every longer term contract like this in MLB has become a problem for many years to the team that has signed them.

        • Yes, eventually the player no longer performs to the level he was signed for. However, to acquire players like Betts you have to do it. Still, there’s no reason to think he won’t be solid into his mid 30’s. So far, he makes the players around him better. We need to get used to the idea that some players we like won’t be resigned. Seager, Bauer, Bellinger (if he can bounce back to previous levels) are going to expect BIG contracts. What do yo do with Kershaw? The front office will have to decide who to build around and let others move on. They didn’t commit $365 million to Mookie without plans of staying competitive.

  2. If they do trade, it should not be for anyone in our top 12. Indians and Cubs are getting desperate to move big contracts. Wait until after the first week of camp, then offer out-of-top-12 prospect(s)…

  3. Tmax’ advice sounds great….Ramirez will bring youth with a proven track record as a star switch hitting third baseman. C’mon Friedman close the deal!

  4. Arenado will be a free agent after this season, I think. Everyone knows he wants to be a Dodger.

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