Dodgers: Pros and Cons of re-signing Justin Turner next offseason

Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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Justin Turner
Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner is set to become a free agent next offseason. Should the team bring him back?

Justin Turner is hoping his final game as a Los Angeles Dodgers player wasn’t in the team’s disappointing loss to the Washington Nationals in last year’s National League Division Series.

The 35-year-old infielder recently talked about the possibility of having played his final home game in Los Angeles, and said he is “sad” thinking about it. If the 2020 season is ultimately canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, based on an agreement between MLB and the Player’s Association, Turner would still record the requisite service time to become eligible for free agency next offseason.

Turner is on the final year of a four-year, $64 million contact. The deal was back-loaded, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, so the charitable infielder has a chance of losing a significant amount of money ($19 million) if baseball doesn’t return this year.

Whether the upcoming season is played or not, the Dodgers will face a decision on whether they should negotiate a new contract with the third baseman who will turn 36-years-old in November. According to Turner, he has not yet discussed an extension with the Dodgers.

What are some of the considerations in deciding to bring “Red” back? Of course, it comes down to the contract terms. We recently valued a potential offer for Turner at around two-years, $40 million.

Let’s discuss the pros and cons of bring Turner back to Chavez Ravine.