Dodgers stars and star-crossed players Justin Turner and Gavin Lux are both celebrating a birthday today and the universe is broken.
The Dodgers, after enjoying the taste of a world title to snap a 32-year drought, are hungry for more, and we’re starting to consider which pieces will be sacrificed in the name of the repeat bid.
Scratch that — there’s so little movement so far that we’ve already repeatedly considered the first wave of possible moves, and we’re now advancing towards embracing real long-shots. Can the Dodgers trade for Francisco Lindor? What about Juan Marichal? Karl Malone?
No matter what side of the aisle you fall on (for me, it’s no on Lindor, yes on Marichal, and I want to know if Malone can catch), most of the team’s future maneuvers seem to hinge on two players: Justin Turner and Gavin Lux.
Is it worth re-signing Turner as he ages, or should the team pursue a Nolan Arenado trade? What about Lux? Is he most valuable as Turner’s replacement, a starter at second base, or a trade chip for a young ace like Luis Castillo? Would you let him go for Francisco Lindor, extend Corey Seager, and move Seags to second? So many thoughts, so little time. But the overload of potential roster ramifications for these two interconnected players only gets weirder when you realize that both men were born on Nov. 23.
Yes, the two key cogs in the Dodgers’ offseason plans share a birthday, and will be celebrating/skittish about their future in tandem on Monday.
Which one do we think is having a large family gathering even though new COVID-19 regulations just hit the Los Angeles area? You know what, don’t answer that.
Clearly, the universe is trying to tell the Dodgers something here. By placing two skilled ballplayers on the roster who were forged on the very same day, it’s obvious that we’re not crazy to have placed our emphasis on these two dudes.
Whenever Turner’s era is officially over, it feels like Lux’s will begin.
We won’t mince words, though — this would’ve been a much easier call if Lux had been, you know, good in 2020 instead of quite bad.
We’re still waiting for the Rookie of the Year version of Lux to fully show himself at the big league level, and it may not happen until Turner is out of the picture, or until Lux is in a different city. The clash of these titans is inevitable, and only one will be left standing.