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Dodgers Rumors: MLB Writer Predicts Justin Turner Re-Signs With LA at $14 Million

File this one under: Weird Predictions. The Dodgers declined Justin Turner’s $16 million option this offseason, opting to pay a $2 million buyout instead. Both sides remain hopeful of a reunion, but right now he’s a free agent.

Over on MLB Now, host Brian Kenny talked with FanGraphs writer Ben Clemens about a handful of free agents, and while they focused mostly on the marquee names, Kenny finished by asking about Turner. In Clemens’ article predicting the contract sizes for the top 50 free agents, Clemens had JT going back to the Dodgers for one year, $14 million. The reason Kenny asked about it is because he thought that sounded low.

Clemens’ reply:

“I just think he’s going to stay with the Dodgers. He likes the Dodgers. He’s a Southern California guy. The last deal he signed with them worked out pretty well for both sides. It wouldn’t shock me if he said, ‘I’m getting out of town and I would just prefer to, like, make the most money,’ if he [was offered] more than that. But, I kind of think of him the way that I do with [Clayton] Kershaw. And Kershaw signed at a deal where, I feel like he probably could have gotten more if he went to the open market and just pressed everybody for every last dollar they had. I think Turner’s going to be on the Dodgers. And I think he’ll retire on the Dodgers.”

I agree with everything Clemens said, except the dollar amount. If the Dodgers signed JT to a $14 million contract after paying his $2 million buyout, it would be exactly the deal they declined on the option five weeks ago. And I have no idea what Kenny was thinking saying JT would get more than that.

I expect JT back with the Dodgers, but it won’t be for the exact deal they already declined.

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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. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. OK, Dodgers know they will, or should do a trade or two, I would not be suprised if the Dodgers went to JT and said….OK, we won’t to sign you, but not for 16, so here is the deal: We sign a contract, dated 1 week before spring Training, for 12 + the 2 you get for non tender=14, and now we have an extra sport on 40 man to hide a prospect until it all settles out…I think this might also be reason Kershaw’s deal is not yet complete…

  2. Could be, but teams cannot add any more prospects before the rule 5 draft. So unassigned roster spots at this point in time has to be about preserving options for players the dodgers sign or trade for before the 23 season.

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