We now know one of the mystery teams chasing Justin Turner alongside the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As the MLB winter finally trudges toward Spring Training (three weeks ’til pitchers and catchers!), most of the league’s “fait accompli” signings have begun to be completed.
First, DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees trudged back to the meeting table and reunited on a six-year deal that seemed to set the Dodgers and Justin Turner back together on a collision course … though it hasn’t happened yet.
Then, on Tuesday, JT Realmuto officially flipped the dreariness from the end of his 2020 on its head, re-upping with the Phillies and quelling Bryce Harper’s worries.
So, where do the Dodgers and Turner stand? After all, that’s always seemed like the third “done deal” in the mix. Last we heard, neither side was aligned on contract length, with Turner still pursuing four years of security while the Dodgers preferred to offer two. We also were told of interest from the Blue Jays and a pair of “mystery” contenders that fulfilled Turner’s desire to play winning baseball in 2021, no matter where he laid his hat.
On Tuesday, we learned one of the two mysterious names: the Milwaukee Brewers, to which we say … we sure that’s a contender, boss?
The last time we saw the Brewers, they were being easily dispatched by the Dodgers in the first round of the expanded 2020 playoffs, at the mercy of Clayton Kershaw’s curveball.
Milwaukee seems more like a regression candidate that’ll sell off high-value assets like Josh Hader rather than a 2021 contender, which means we don’t necessarily take their interest too seriously. It’s good to know where the rest of the board stands, even if the Dodgers remain favored.
The Blue Jays? Now certainly that is serious — we’ve heard about them forever, and all they’ve done this offseason is add high-profile pieces, though they’re still deficient in pitching.
After this shocking “revelation,” we’d still bet on Turner and the Dodgers eventually finding common ground.
Good when your enemy has a face and a name, though.