Dodgers: Pros and Cons of re-signing Justin Turner next offseason
Pro: (Re-Sign him!): Leadership in the clubhouse
Who is better than Justin Turner? You can’t make roster decisions entirely on personality, but the role Turner plays as a veteran voice in the clubhouse shouldn’t be discounted.
The Dodgers are clearly a “win-now” team, but they also have a roster full of young players who are learning how to navigate the major leagues while playing at a high level. Cody Bellinger might have won the 2019 National League MVP award, but he is still only 24-years-old. Gavin Lux is even younger, as he looks to transition from top prospect to everyday second baseman. These young players can learn from the example Turner sets on-and-off the field.
Turner has become a rock in the local community, starting the Justin Turner Foundation with his wife, Kourtney, in 2016. He proves everyday how a professional ballplayer can make a difference through their actions outside of the game of baseball.
The Dodgers organization is well-represented by Turner in every capacity. Sometimes it is important to keep players like that tied to your organization in creating a positive culture around the team.