1. Committing Too Much to Justin Turner
A few long-term Dodgers are up for grabs this offseason, and Justin Turner’s return is probably the least important right now.
How many more ways can we say it? Corey Seager’s return after the 2021 season is paramount, and if the end of Justin Turner’s career is going to come between the Dodgers and Seager, then it’s time to re-prioritize.
Turner will probably require a multi-year commitment of between $24-$28 million for his age-36 and 37 seasons. In a vacuum, you’d pay that for his level of production, especially since it seems unlikely that many teams on the edge of contention will surrender that premium for his brand of veteran leadership.
But you’re fighting the clock here, too. Turner’s been reliable and healthy up to this point, but how much longer will his bat be above league average? How much longer will he be able to man third base before his mobility disappears?
With versatile top prospects like Gavin Lux and Michael Busch in need of playing time, as well as the concurrent free agency of supersub Kiké Hernández, nearly as clutch and important to the Dodgers’ recent postseason runs as Turner’s been, there’s a far cheaper way to piece together the infield.
Especially an infield on the verge of committing to their World Series MVP, who may or may not need to move to second base eventually, anyway.