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Dodgers: The Fans Want Justin Turner Back After 2020

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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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.

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! 

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  1. Of course you resign Turner. He can still get it done just fine. If you need to move him to first base, go ahead. He is the heart and soul of this team, and the most reliable right handed bat on the team. In fact he is the most reliable bat on this team since he came to the Dodgers, period. This is a no brainier.

  2. Perfect for DH but no more a regular player.Corey Seaver can take over at third and Turner can be like Chase Utley.But Dh he’s perfect if National League adopts the DH in 2021 like they’re saying

  3. Like everyone says, a no brainer. He is still a tough out; and he can be transitioned into an Utley type player later on. His defense dropped off last year; but my guess is it will tick back up a bit. He can always be moved to first base more and be taken out late in games for defense. But in the dugout— he is part of the glue that holds us together.

  4. This isn’t just a “Yes”. It’s a “HELL YES”, to RESIGN Justin. All 4 comments above, pretty much cover; J.T. is a “BIG PART” of the “HEART & SOUL”, of the Dodgers.