Dodgers’ Internal Third Baseman Options for 2021 Season, What Happen if Justin Turner Leaves?

With Justin Turner’s future with the Dodgers still uncertain, we explore the internal alternatives that could man the hot corner for LA next season. First, we assess the offensive and defensive production from last season at third base, between Justin Turner, Edwin Ríos, and Max Muncy.

Then, we take a look at the best available internal options to plug in at third, in the event that the club’s stalwart at third base for the past seven seasons, Justin Turner, signs elsewhere. With Edwin Rios, Will Smith, Chris Taylor, and Max Muncy all capable of filling the void, we rank which current Dodgers are best suited for the role.

Plus, why LA should avoid trading for a high-profile third baseman like Nolan Arenado and Will Smith the baseball player finally meets the actor Will Smith!



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  1. Why would JT go anywhere else with only a couple yrs left? Even if he took a smaller contract to stay in LA he’ll make much more in endorsements here than in some market that doesn’t know him. And the Dodgers knos he is worth alot more than his stats. Leadership, community outreach etc. If you were the Dodgers wouldn’t you want tk keep him another 2 yrs before bringing him into the organization ad a coach? And if you were JT would you want to stay in LA for the rest of your playing career and on into the next? Of course! So I’ll bet dinner be stays.

  2. If you count the money JT made before he joined the Dodgers, his 64 million deal with LA, and the money he will make after his playing days are over JT will have made well over 100 million. The question becomes “how much is enough?” Do you really need to leave the place you have called home? Ron Oester in the 1980’s turned down bigger offers because Cincinnati was where his heart was. I just saw an NBA player who recently signed for $190mil/5 years selling shoes. Personally I just don’t get it. As a teacher I would have to live at least to the age of 500 to come close.

  3. If Turner leaves, see which of Rios, Smith or Muncy can win 3rd in Spring Training, the same with 1st. We know Muncy plays a capable 1st from last season.

    1. you make turner an offer he can’t refuse. either his signature or his brains are on the contract. purdy pleez justin….stay with us!

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