Making sense of Dodgers trading Justin Turner based on MLB insider’s take

After the 2020 season, Justin Turner was a free agent, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers win their first World Championship in 32 years. And at times I felt that there was a real possibility that he would leave.

Although the negotiations took a little longer than fans would have liked, everyone came to their senses and JT returned to Los Angeles on a two-year contract worth $34 million, which included the team’s option for a third year.

Turner is now entering the second year of that deal to pull off what you might call the best campaign of his career. However, it ended in heartbreaking fashion when he fell with a hamstring injury in the NLCS, which played a huge role in the Dodgers’ downfall.

So, to summarize, Turner became a free agent in the latest season; Insiders considered him the “heart and soul” of the Dodgers; He was re-signed to a generous contract despite entering his 36-year season; He pretty much repeated his 2016 season, which put him in ninth place in the NL MVP vote; And… an MLB insider supposes that the Dodgers could trade it in to revamp their farm system?!

Will the Dodgers really consider trading Justin Turner?

This is what ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez wrote (subscription required) when talking about Dodgers agent chances of free landing Freddie Freeman when the lockdown ends:

“Having Freeman would make the Dodgers line-up look just as intimidating as it did during the 2021 extension period, but it might also give them more flexibility to make a deal. Lux—who the Dodgers have always been reluctant to trade—could be used to seek help at the start, allowing It prevents the front office from having to overpay in a free-agent market that has dried up quickly. Turner—after a year of free agency—could be used to help recreate a dwindling farm system at the top.”

Wow! Would you toss Turner out there as a potential commercial bait alongside Gavin Lux?! Do we not respect the legends of the franchise anymore?! It’s not like the guy has taken an unimaginable step back for 2021 and no longer has a spot on the list (which is exactly what happens with Lux)!

We’d never say “no,” but it’s hard to imagine the Dodgers moving from Turner for a number of reasons. First and foremost, he has been cemented as one of the greatest dodgers of all time. Second, he’s earning $20 million in 2022, something that won’t be easy to offload unless another competitor desperately needs a third key man. Finally, we’re not really sure what kind of return a 37-year-old third baseman that costs so much money (plus a $16 million team option or $2 million in 2022) could get the Dodgers. Does this really “restore” the top of the farm system?

The only indication that this Probably What happens is that Los Angeles has already lost key figures in its organizational fabric. Cory Seeger is gone. Joe Kelly is gone. We’ve already seen how the losses of Jock Pederson and Kiki Hernandez have severely affected their depth in the post-season. We have no idea if Clayton Kershaw will be back. If Kerhsaw leaves and the hits keep coming, well, we’ll give more cred to Turner as he’s packaged up and sent away trying to speed up the team’s replay…but that’s definitely not going to happen if they want to upgrade in the form of Freeman and other agents/high free trade targets The price.

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