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Justin Turner Wants The Dodgers To Re-Sign Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish faced enormous pressure after being traded to the Dodgers. Not only was a top prospect, Willie Calhoun, in the deal but he also had the task of helping the Dodgers get back to the World Series for the first time since 1988. Despite the pressure, Darvish did his job and was an integral part of the Dodgers reaching the World Series.

That’s when things went wrong for Yu. In his first start of the World Series, his command was noticeably off and he struggled badly. Things didn’t get any better when he made his second start, which came in game 7. Darvish would allow 8 earned runs over his 3.1 innings pitched. It was revealed later that Darvish was tipping his pitches which contributed to his poor performance. One thing many people fail to realize is that Darvish was far from the sole reason the Dodgers didn’t win the World Series. In game 7, where Darvish has a rough outing, the Dodgers were shutout. Despite his struggles, he was not the reason they lost the series.

After the World Series meltdown, many didn’t expect the Dodgers to bring Darvish back. Despite this, the Dodgers have reportedly met with Darvish about a potential reunion. If there was any doubt before, Justin Turner made it clear that the Dodgers’ players want Yu back as well. He was recently a guest on SportsNation and he discussed wanting Darvish back as a Dodger.

He’s an unbelievable pitcher. He went out against Arizona in the first round and absolutely dominated them. He pitched against the Cubs and dominated them. He’s a big part of the reason why we got to the World Series. To point him out and say we don’t want him back, we might not have been there if it wasn’t for him.

Darvish only allowed two runs over 11.1 innings in the first two rounds of the postseason, as Turner said, he dominated. There is still the concern over Darvish’s pitch tipping, but that’s fixable now that the coaching staff knows about it. The Dodgers do have concerns about the luxury tax, but it can be worked around if they want Yu back.

The Dodgers biggest hurdle at this point is the other teams also pursuing Darvish. It was revealed recently that Darvish is considering 6 teams, including a mystery team. Over the weekend it was revealed that the Brewers have made an offer to Darvish. Perhaps they’re the mystery team Yu hinted at.


On Monday, Jerry Crasnick tweeted that Darvish has a five-year offer, but it’s unclear from which team. He also noted that the Dodgers are still in on the right-hander.

The Dodgers may be the least likely to give Darvish a long-term contract of the bunch. With their immense pitching depth, and guys like Julio Urias, Walker Buehler, Mitchell White and countless others on the horizon their need for a long-term solution is less pronounced. However, the short-term need is there. With Urias recovering from shoulder surgery, and guys like Buehler and White relatively unproven a team with championship aspirations cannot rely on their potential contributions.

Spring training is drawing ever closer, with pitchers and catchers reporting in about 3 weeks. Darvish could hold out into spring training, but it’s unlikely. Will Justin Turner voicing his support for bringing Darvish back be enough to push the front office into high gear? Only time will tell, but we should get a decision soon.

Hunter Thompson

Born in Pennsylvania but comes from a long line of Dodger fans from their Brooklyn days. Extremely passionate about the Dodgers and baseball in general. News writer and Twittercaster for Dodger games. Follow me on Twitter @Officialism27 for more Dodgers talk!


  1. Immense pitching depth? You have Kershaw and then a bunch of guys who can only go 5 innings with injury risks. This is the rotation that will take them to the World Series? The youngsters are unproven and urias is injured.. dodgers only care about that luxury tax.. az and Colorado going to be good again and Giants better.. think dodgers making a mistake not getting arietta or Darvish.. not even sold on the offense as was prone to big struggles and counting on Chris taylor to duplicate shocking 2017..

    1. Just like last year the pitching staff is good enough to get us into the playoffs. There will be some good pitchers available at the trade deadline to bolster what they already have.
      Why pay $20 mill for five yrs when all you need is a prorated salary for 2 months! It’s not rocket science.

  2. By any measure, the Dodgers had the best pitching staff in the league last year. FanGraphs has them projected to have the best staff in 2018 as the team is currently constituted. Signing a declining Arrieta, or an expensive Darvish would be a deadly mistake, mainly because of how it would push them over the luxury tax level and create serious problems for 2018 and on.

  3. I agree with JT! Keep Yu! We need him in the rotation, esp with Rich Hill and Kershaw getting up there in age.

  4. Friedman is out on Yelich.. (Just what we need) So .. maybe he is thinking about a package deal for Darvish..? But .. I doubt it.. Dodgers need a quality starter to go for it all..

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