1. Justin Turner
Okay, this one is going to sting. The Los Angeles Dodgers should not move on from Justin Turner in the sense that they should trade him or release him. That makes no sense and, no matter what, he will be on the roster for the rest of the season.
However, the Dodgers need to move on from the idea that this is the same Justin Turner. That simply is not the case anymore, and there is no reason for Turner to be in the starting lineup nearly every single night.
Turner hasn’t just regressed, but he is actively making the team worse. It would be one thing if he played elite defense like Cody Bellinger, but he doesn’t. It would be easier to keep him starting if there wasn’t a prospect that is better than him waiting in the wings, but there is.
Outside of Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner is perhaps the biggest fan favorite on the Dodgers, and this is going to be a really hard thing for Dave Roberts to do. But if the team is still starting Turner nearly every night in October, then they are not showing a commitment to winning baseball games.
JT is hitting .217 with a .634 OPS and 75 OPS+. There are 131 players in the league that have logged at least 250 plate appearances this season. Turner ranks 121st in OPS and 124th in OPS+. Over 90% of the league is better at the plate than Turner this season, and the sample size is too large to ignore.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have potentially targeted these players via trade in the past and should refrain from doing so at the trade deadline this year.
Miguel Vargas needs to be given his chance to play third base and hey, perhaps Turner could replace Alberto as being the Dodgers’ right-handed bench bat to come up in big moments.