A new Justin Turner rumor today may reunite him with his former team. No, not the Los Angeles Dodgers, although they’re still very much in contention. The latest rumblings have the New York Mets showing interest in the veteran infielder.
Turner was a Met from 2010-2013, right before he signed with the Dodgers. There’s only a couple of days until Spring Training starts, so Turner can possibly still be a free agent once camp begins. Currently, the Dodgers will have pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 17 with the full first squad workout on Feb 23.
With Trevor Bauer choosing the Dodgers over the Mets, New York may want to stick it to the Dodgers, and what better way is there than signing Turner? Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the two sides are far apart on the number of years and amount of money.
Turner was also drawing interest from the Brewers, as they looked to ramp up their infield depth. The Blue jays were also reported to have shown interest. Either way, it might be safe to say that a decision should come soon.
The Dodgers also lost another free agent, as left-handed reliever Jake McGee signed with the San Francisco Giants on a two-year deal worth $7 million. McGee was released just before the 2020 season by the Rockies, later signing with the Dodgers. The 34-year-old veteran became a valuable asset in the bullpen down the stretch of the season and pitched well for the most part. Best of luck to McGee in his future endeavors.
MLB just announced the new health and safety protocols for 2021, and unfortunately, the universal designated hitter will not be returning. However, that may be good news for people who enjoy the “pitchers who rake” movement. The universal DH definitely helped the Dodgers ease and rotate players in and out of the daily lineups. Turner even saw significant time there. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t rule out a JT return.
Other 2020 rules will stay in place. Included are the seven-inning doubleheaders and automatic baserunners in extra innings. Coincidentally, Dodgers infielder Edwin Rios was the first player in league history to hit a leadoff two-run homer.
There will also be wearable contract tracing devices and face mask enforcement officers. The active roster will start at 26 players and then expand to 28 in September.
It has been quite an offseason, and now we are only a few days away from Spring Training. Still, several big questions remain unanswered for the Dodgers.