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Dodgers: Justin Turner ‘More Likely’ To Return to LA Says Writer

Free agency is a magical time for a player, a chance to talk to as many teams as he wants, explore the world of baseball, and see what’s out there. When a star player hits free agency, there’s always a really good chance he’s going to switch teams as other teams engage in a bidding war for his services. Sure, there’s a connection to where you came from, but the excitement and dollars available elsewhere often pull people away.

That hasn’t been the case with Justin Turner and the Dodgers. Twice — after the 2016 and 2020 seasons — JT has hit free agency, and both times, he came back home to Los Angeles. Dodgers Nation talked with baseball writer Pedro Moura, who has covered the team for multiple outlets, at the Winter Meetings, and he expects that same dynamic to play out this offseason.



“I think Justin Turner’s like the rare exception. Whenever a player reaches free agency, you’re always going to bet on them leaving versus staying. But he, and this has been the case now twice, he is the exception. I think he’s still more likely to return to Los Angeles than he is to leave. Especially at this advanced age, he just turned 38.

“I’m not saying it’s a 100% guarantee. I think there will be some other teams interested. But I think at this point, the Dodgers understand how to utilize him, and he appreciates that. And I think the ability to play him 50 or 60 or 70 games at third base, and then mostly at DH or something like that, makes a lot of sense. And the Dodgers are equipped to do that with Muncy and his flexibility. So it’s just a natural pairing forged because they’ve been pairing for a long time.”

JT wants to be a Dodger. It’s the team he grew up rooting for, and he’s a pillar of the community. He’s said his whole life changed when he came to L.A., and there are also reports that he’s waiting patiently for the Dodgers to figure out how much they can pay him.

Turner and the Dodgers belong together, and hopefully Moura will end up being right about this pairing.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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5 Comments

  1. You would hope that the Dodgers learned their lesson last year with Jansen, that you need to make sure the player understands the situation and will wait. I get that some folks didn’t want to bring Jansen back at all, but Plan B was a complete disaster. The Dodgers should offer Turner two years at $30M and be done with it. That way they can say they “saved” from the option price but he will still come out with enough money to not feel like he is taking a big discount to stay. He’s about the last “glue guy” left on the team and the Dodgers themselves admitted they don’t have enough of those folks around come playoff time.

  2. The Dodgers like to keep washed up aging stars to keep people in the seats, While experimenting with their Minor League players. JT has been a Great dodger but Has been says it all. The Dodgers are fools if they give him anything more than 10 mill and a 1 year deal. Rodon, Swanson and others could sure use that 2 year 30 mill your talking about.

  3. The last “glue guy” didn’t work out this past postseason where he faltered when it mattered. Team leader, or captain, got complacent after game 1 and then couldn’t rally the team from adversity in games 1, 2, and 3. Need a new and different culture of “ not on my watch “ leadership. I feel he’s holding back Mookie and Freddie from taking the reigns because of his tenure with the Dodgers. Even pundits in the industry have stated as Justin was once a viable player but Father Time has come.

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