The Dodgers just sealed the deal with former All-Star Noah Syndergaard and also are bringing back LA legend, Clayton Kershaw for his 15th season in Dodger blue.
But the team has yet to answer a few questions about who next year’s starting shortstop will be and also whether or not they will resign Justin Turner after refusing to offer him a qualifying offer this year.
But while the Dodgers have been suspected of resetting their luxury tax by not making too many moves, their division rival down South has been very busy this offseason.
Thanks to his recent 11-year, $280 million contract, including a $5 million signing bonus, Xander Bogaerts protects the Padres from the opt-out of Manny Machado after 2023 and the potential loss to free agency of outfielder Juan Soto after 2024.
But the Padres have their eyes set on some extra hitting power this upcoming season. Rumor has it they’ve been looking at RedTurn2 to join their squad, according to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic.
“For now, the Padres are looking for another starting pitcher and another hitter, with Justin Turner among their possibilities in the latter category.”
There has already been talk that the Dodgers have been trying to work out a deal with JT to return to LA but after LA just recently signed a new Silver Slugger in J.D. Martinez, who looks to primarily play DH this upcoming season.
But do the Dodgers really need two designated hitters? Most likely no, therefore it doesn’t look all too good for the possibility of Justin Turner staying in LA. What do you guys think? Will JT head to the enemy, find a home elsewhere, or possibly split time with Martinez?
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