The baseball family lost another great Friday morning when the great home run king Hank Aaron passed away at 86 years old. He finished his career with 755 total home runs, a record that stood until in 2017. Aaron spent most of his career with the Braves and Brewers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 in his first year of eligibility. Aaron was also an avid Civil Rights Activist. It has been a tough week for baseball fans, as just couple of days ago we also lost the great Don Sutton.
The Dodgers paid tribute to Hank Aaron on social media. In total Aaron had 25 All-Star game appearances, 20+ homers in 20 seasons, while recording a total of 6,856 total bases.
In 1999, MLB renamed the award given to the best hitter in each league after Hank Aaron. The home run king ranked first in all-time ranks of RBIs, XBHs, total bases, and All-Star Appearances.
Today is January 22nd, which is also Justin Turner Day in Los Angeles. Today is probably the perfect day for the Dodgers to re-sign Turner. Over the past couple of days, rumors have circulated about the Dodgers pursuing Marcus Semien, Trevor Bauer, in addition to Turner. It has been reported that the Dodgers could even sign both Semien and Turner.
There’s been plenty of free-agent rumblings surrounding the Dodgers, but other than a few bullpen additions—specifically Blake Treinen—there hasn’t been a huge splash. Although the team did just win the World Series, they’re not going to throw money around. If Turner somehow walks, the 36-year-old would leave a tremendous hole at the hot corner.
Overall, signing both Semien and Turner would be the ideal situation. Semien struggled a bit during the shortened season, but finished in the top three of the American League MVP voting in 2019. Personally, I think Turner does re-sign with the Dodgers, as it is hard to envision him closing out his career with another team at this point. We could see Turner sign a similar deal that Michael Brantley just signed with the Astros. Brantley is set to enter his age-34 season and inked a two-year deal worth $32 million. Turner could see something similar, as it is hard to envision the Dodgers going longer than two years on a deal.
The biggest name free agent left at this point is arguably Bauer. The Dodgers were reported to be linked the righty throughout the week, but more than likely on a short team deal. It is hard to see Bauer and the Dodgers come to an agreement on a long-term deal; however, with the flurry of moves by the Padres, a good amount of Dodger fans have been pushing for a big signing.
Bauer recently on his Youtube channel, released a video Facetiming a Dodgers fan, hearing her pitch as to why he should sign with the Dodgers.
They Dodgers also seem slowly falling out of the running for Brad Hand, a former closer who the team looked to add to its bullpen when the offseason began.
In the past couple of years we have seen teams all over the league make big splashes late in the offseason, and this year feels like that may just happen again.