The Dodgers and Justin Turner are coming up to a bit of a crossroads at the end of the season as his contract is expires. Turner signed a four-year deal with the team after the 2016 season worth $64 million.
Last week on our Blue Heaven Podcast, we asked the question: should the Dodgers re-sign Justin Turner?
While Turner himself hasn’t given it much thought yet, fans would be more than happy to see JT return in 2021 and beyond.
JT brings so many qualities to this Dodgers team… you have to re-sign him after the season, right? https://t.co/jXeoE6IVHg
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 3, 2020
With over 100 replies on Twitter, fans made it clear that they want to see the redhead re-sign with LA. At 35-years-old now, the odds of him getting a deal longer than two years are slim. But judging by the comments, that would work just fine.
I think 2 years and maybe $18-$20 mil is fair, especially considering his age. He already got his big money 4 years ago, and he loves playing for the Dodgers, so I can see him taking a deal like that to stay.
— BSB (@BBorbz) March 3, 2020
Turner has been a model of consistency for the Dodgers, despite missing time with injuries. He has hit over .300 and over 100 home runs in his six years with Los Angeles. He is getting up there in age, but that could potentially be solved with MLB rule changes.
If the NL adopts the DH it’s a no brainer.
— Pat Dwyer ?? (@TheRealPJDwyer) March 3, 2020
Should Major League Baseball decide to move the designated hitter to the National League, retaining Turner makes even more sense. His defense has been in decline for the last few years, but his bat is as strong as ever. Turner hit 27 home runs in just 135 games in 2019.
While we all would like to see Turner back on the field for his bat, he also brings more to the table than just that.
Depends how much money he wants. He's not a spring chicken anymore. That being said, I would do what I could to bring him back. He could be the Chase Utley, David Freese kind of presence in the dugout.
— Glenn The Old Biker (@Oldbikerfirst) March 3, 2020
As mentioned before, the veteran hasn’t given much thought to his contract situation, but he makes it seem like he plans to be back with Los Angeles for 2021 and beyond.
The Dodgers have thrived in the past with veteran leadership in the clubhouse. So what do you think? Is Turner worth it to bring after this season? What kind of deal would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below!