On Monday, Dodgers legend Justin Turner was named the Roberto Clemente Award winner. It was a great reward for him and his wife Kourtney’s outstanding work in the Los Angeles community. With the honor in hand, Turner is also looking for another reward in the form of another season with the Dodgers. At his press conference, he was asked about his future in LA.
The team currently holds a $16 million club option on Turner with a $2 million buyout. If the team elects not to pick up the option, Turner would become a free agent. They could then still sign him in free agency to a new contract, or just let him walk. He says he has no idea what the team plans on doing right now.
“I’m as aware of my contract status as you guys are,” Turner said. “Just in limbo, waiting to hear what’s going to happen. I haven’t heard anything. I haven’t had any conversations. I guess I’m in idle, wait-and-see mode.”
It is a little soon for the talks to have begun, as the Dodgers were eliminated from the postseason just two weeks ago. I’m sure the team is still recovering from the loss, and the front office didn’t expect to have to make a decision this early into the offseason.
But Turner’s contract will definitely be one of the biggest decisions the team has to make, as he’s been one of their most important players since he signed with the team in 2014.
After a slow start to the 2022 season, Turner was red-hot in the second half, finishing with a .278 average, 13 home runs and 81 RBIs. In the NLDS, however, Turner hit .154 (2-13) with three walks and three strikeouts.
Do you think the Dodgers should pick up the option, decline the option and re-sign JT or let him walk altogether? Let us know in the comments below!
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