Another day in and another day with no real news on the Justin Turner to the Dodgers front. The veteran third baseman has taken his time this offseason. After the World Series, he set out on an extended vacation in an RV with his wife Kourtney. But that vacation has since wrapped and he still isn’t back in blue.
Which feels strange…
On Wednesday, Dodger manager Dave Roberts joined MLB Network radio to chat about, among other things, Justin Turner and his personal hopes that the clubhouse leader returns to Los Angeles.
Roberts was asked about the Dodgers’ outlook in 2021 and the remaining plans for this offseason. Notably, the club is still focused on adding a right-handed bat to the lineup. And Doc has a guy in mind.
We talked at the beginning of the winter about trying to get a right-handed bat. And so, that’s something that we’re still trying to target. My wish list certainly is Justin — I’m one of his biggest advocates, and what he does for me and the ballclub speaks for itself.
It really can’t be overstated enough. The value Turner brings to the Dodgers is much greater than the production on the field. In the clubhouse, he is the general — he is the guy teammates turn to for guidance throughout a season. And in no place will that have more value than in Los Angeles.
Still, in listening to Roberts, the sides seem to remain apart in contract talks this winter.
Both sides have gotta kind of work this thing out to make a deal. That right-handed bat is something we need and Justin is somebody I certainly value.
So, like many Dodgers fans out there today I ask this: how the hell is this deal not done yet? Both sides want to be together, and there’s a clear need on the Dodger side for a batter of his caliber in the middle of the lineup. Honestly, the longer this goes on the more awkward it feels, but that may just be the opinion of this writer.
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Notably, Roberts briefly mentioned Edwin Rios while discussing Turner, perhaps alluding to the club plans if the veteran doesn’t return to LA. However, with outside infield target Marcus Semien now having inked a deal with Toronto, it takes away not only options for each the Dodgers and Justin Turner, but also bargaining chips. The Blue Jays filled that infield opening, and LA loses that Semien fallback plan.
Justin… Dodgers… just get it together already.