The Los Angeles Dodgers have found a gem at third base in Justin Turner back in 2014 but he is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. The latest MLB rumors suggest that the New York Yankees will try to steal Turner from the Dodgers this winter.
The 31-year-old third baseman was a late bloomer after failed stints with the Baltimore Orioles (2009-2010) and New York Mets (2010-2013). He signed with the Dodgers in 2014 wherein he had a breakout season and continued his great production in the next two seasons.
Justin Turner is set for his first, and probably last, big payday this offseason and he is expected to test the free-agent market. According to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, the Yankees could be one of the potential suitors for Turner.
“The Yankees and, really, most teams, could use Turner. The 31-year-old third baseman clubbed 27 homers and 90 RBI while hitting .275. It followed his impressive 2015 when he hit 16 bombs with 60 RBI and a .294 batting average. The late bloomer seems for real and the Yankees need pop,” Kuty noted.
However, the Yankees already have a third baseman in Chase Headley, who is still owed $26 million for the next two seasons. If they will sign Turner, the Yankees have to get rid of Headley first but the will probably have to eat some of his salary.
On the other hand, the Dodgers already had preliminary talks with their third baseman in the middle of their National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs. According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, Turner wants to be back in Los Angeles but he will likely opt to become a free agent.
“While Turner made clear in this space that he’d love to stay with the Dodgers, it appears to this point there hasn’t been enough progress for free agency to be avoided,” Heyman reported.
Kuty mentioned in his report that Justin Turner will likely get a contract bigger than the five-year, $47.5 million deal the Houston Astros gave to Cuban third baseman Yulieski Gourriel. Nevertheless, these are just MLB rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt.
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