Another day passes, and more competition pops up for the Dodgers in their attempts to re-sign Justin Turner. It was reported earlier this week that there were 3 teams that were interested in JT in addition to Los Angeles. One of those teams was confirmed to be the Blue Jays, and the Braves were confirmed today.
Jon Heyman reported today that the Braves have checked in on Turner. He also noted that the Dodgers are still the favorites to land the veteran third baseman. The Braves are one of the teams that were previously unknown, but the matchup on paper does make sense.
Atlanta could presumably use Turner in a role at third base and move Austin Riley around. They could also be hoping for the DH to return to the National League and replace Marcell Ozuna with the cheaper option in JT. Turner is predicted to get around $30 million in free agency while Ozuna is up over $70 million.
The biggest obstacle remaining for a team to sign JT seems to be his desire to play in LA. The reported 4-year contract demand that Turner is hoping for might actually be the only option teams have to pry him away from the Dodgers.
Turner has not been vocal about his desire to play elsewhere, but not much has been said about the Dodgers either. In the end, he is going to do what is best for his career and for his family. If Los Angeles signs him, expect it to be a 2-year deal.
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