The Dodgers and Justin Turner have been a match made in heaven for the past nine years, and all indications are that both sides want that relationship to continue. But until they hash out the details, JT remains a free agent, which means he can sign with any team he wants to.
The Marlins, looking to add an established hitter who can play both corner infield spots, have made an offer to third baseman Justin Turner, according to an industry source.
There are other teams believed to be interested, and the Marlins’ offer is said to be competitive. Turner would play both third base and potentially first base for Miami.
The Marlins have Joey Wendle at third base and Garrett Cooper at first base but want another player to supplement them.
For the last seven years, Miami has been managed by JT’s first Dodgers manager, Don Mattingly, but Mattingly and the Marlins mutually agreed to part ways after 2022. The team is now managed by Skip Schumaker, who played under Mattingly in L.A. and whose departure after the 2013 season opened a spot the roster for Los Angeles to bring in Turner as a free agent utility infielder.
There’s no indication what “competitive” means when it comes to an offer for JT, but with the market the way it’s been this offseason, it’s not unlikely at all that he could get multiple offers for more than what the Dodgers are looking to pay him. If he comes back to Los Angeles, it might have to be on a hometown discount.
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