1. Justin Turner
We don’t think the Dodgers will be bringing back Justin Turner.
Justin Turner has been with Los Angeles since 2014 and has played in more than 130 games just once. He’s certainly an impact player, but he’ll be entering his age-36 season in 2021 and now there’s a risk that the Dodgers have a PR issue on their hands with his decision to disobey MLB safety protocols and celebrate with his teammates after the World Series win, despite testing positive for COVID-19.
Turner has made over $60 million during his time with the Dodgers, and it’s likely the train stops here. Turner’s price tag won’t exactly be cheap because he had a really good 2020, both during the regular season and playoffs. Plus, LA has internal options to deal with his departure.
Max Muncy and Edwin Rios can both play first and third base, so right there you have two options in terms of shaking up the infield in a familiar way while saving money. Additionally, Gavin Lux is going to need more playing time in 2021, so keeping Turner in the mix will maintain the current infield logjam.
And lastly, Turner is under investigation by MLB, which could result in a suspension for 2021. Do the Dodgers really want to sign a guy who could miss a portion of the season after putting his teammates and coaches in danger because he wanted to celebrate? He quite literally served up the middle finger to everyone on the field in Arlington after Game 6, and that’s a horrible look no matter your views on the incident.
Not to mention, LA needs to start getting together long-term extensions for Seager, Bellinger and Urias, and we can guess they might want to keep Joc Pederson. That’s just more of a reason millions probably won’t be invested in Turner.