Building the perfect Dodgers lineup for 2021 season

Adam Weinrib
Oct 7, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates after hitting a solo home run off of San Diego Padres starting pitcher Zach Davies (not pictured) during the fourth inning in game two of the 2020 NLDS at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 7, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates after hitting a solo home run off of San Diego Padres starting pitcher Zach Davies (not pictured) during the fourth inning in game two of the 2020 NLDS at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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Batting Third: Justin Turner, 3B

In our eyes, the Dodgers bring him back.

Some balked this weekend when it was revealed that Justin Turner is seeking three years of security in what will likely be the final deal of his MLB career.

But it seems like many missed the fine print — namely, the Dodgers agree with the figure, and are working towards bringing him back.

That brings me to my No. 1 rule of thumb: If the organization is on board with the parameters, you, the fan, don’t need to claim it’s “way too much.” Let the Dodgers decide that, my dude! If they think they can handle it, they can.

Therefore, since both sides seem aligned (at least, equally as aligned as the Yankees and DJ LeMahieu), we’re going to pencil Turner into his designated three hole for the foreseeable future.

It’s hard to argue with his qualifications; as a 35-year-old in a shortened season, Turner hit .300 yet again (.307) with a .400 OBP and led the heart of the order in the postseason. Even if he only reaches those plateaus for two of the next three years, an extension would still be worth it. What’s the worst that could happen? You have a great bench bat in 2023? Not an issue.

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