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Dodgers Rumors: LA Could Let Trea Turner Walk to Make ‘Serious Bid’ for Aaron Judge

The Dodgers are heading into the offseason with a lot of question marks on their roster. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is heading into the offseason as the biggest name on the free-agent market. And those two things could end up being intimately related.

As Mark Feinsand writes on MLB.com, the Dodgers could turn their attention away from their own biggest free agent and look instead towards the biggest free agent.

Like the Mets, the Dodgers have other areas of concern heading into the offseason; Trea Turner and Clayton Kershaw are among the top free agents on the roster, making shortstop and the starting rotation two of their main priorities.

That said, it’s silly to count out the Dodgers when it comes to any big-name free agent. In fact, sources say Los Angeles – which could have more than $120 million coming off the books this winter – might let Turner walk and make a serious bid for Judge. Mookie Betts is apparently willing to move to second base, per sources, which would free up right field for Judge.

There are a couple holes in this idea, or at least elements that would need to be addressed. If the Dodgers let Trea walk, they still need a shortstop. Presumably the idea here would be to move Gavin Lux back to shortstop and Betts to second base? Compared to the 2022 team, that defense would be weaker both in right field and at shortstop. Judge is, of course, a huge boost to the offense, but if the goal is to build a team, this might not be the optimal way.

Time will tell, but this smells a little bit like someone taking his “sources” at face value for the sake of a story.

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  1. Dio not need a 31 year old with past health problems and who strikes out 175 to 200 times a season. Dodgers need to start to get younger. Already too many players 30 plus years old now.

  2. Sure, money could come of the books, but can one really argue that the Dodgers would be better team with Judge but without both Turners and Kershaw? Assuming the Dodgers camp is putting up these rumourous smoke signals, it’s still more likely that it is just to raise the cost of “Judge-ment” for the Yankees or the Giants.

  3. Get Xander Bogerts and Ohtani and Rendon and let both Turners go. It sucks when long time Dodgers have to go but Father Time is undefeated and untied. I believe we need another manager as well. Roberts is a good person maybe bump him up in the front office or let him train JTurner to be the future mgr. Point is we need to change to get better we cannot do the sane thingvand expect a different result. Lets Geaux Dodgers!!! New Orleans La.

  4. Don’t let Trea Turner go. The Dodgers need Mookie in Right field. Remember how many great catches Mookie made this year in right field, Judge can’t do that. How many runners did Betts prevent taking another base or scoring with his “rocket Launcher” arm. Trea Turner is the Dodger shortstop I want to watch, Wasn’t it his idea to put down the I-pads and talk to your teammates about about your at bats?

  5. Keep Trea Turner. Forget Aaron Judge. Trea will give us alot more production and years playing.

  6. To let Trae Turner walk to sign Aaron Judge would be a boring decision. Already the game is to possessed with the idea of hit the big bomb which is entertaining but when it becomes the sole purpose of a team in winning a game it is to limited. A team should have speed and Trae provides that and he is a scrappy hitter which is what you need to be able to do. I miss the way baseball used to be played by the Dodgers with manufacturing runs and that is something that Trae Turner knows how to do. Sign Trae he gives the Dodgers more options and ways to win a game.

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