The Los Angeles Dodgers may look a lot different in 2023 than they did in 2022. Breakout pitcher Tyler Anderson has already left for the Los Angeles Angels, while the team also non-tendered Cody Bellinger and declined Justin Turner’s player option.
With an MVP reward not that far in the rear-view mirror, Bellinger is perhaps the most high-profile non-tendered player in recent MLB history. It’s not hard to come up with a list of teams that would be interested in taking a flier on the 2019 NL MVP.
Turner might not be Bellinger, but there will still be a market. The longtime Dodgers third baseman will be 38 for the 2023 season and did not produce at as high of a level in 2022 as in previous seasons. However, he still was an above-average bat and there’s always a list of teams ready to overpay someone on their namesake alone.
So while Andrew Friedman might have a plan of bringing back Turner for cheaper, Dodgers fans may have to accept the reality that Turner will wear a different jersey in 2023. If that’s the case, here’s a list of teams that make the most sense.
3 teams that could lure Justin Turner away from the Dodgers
3. New York Mets
The New York Mets have certainly kicked themselves over the fact that they let Turner walk years back only for him to become one of the best players in Dodgers history. While the Mets obviously missed Turner’s prime, they could right some of that wrong by bringing him back to the Big Apple in 2023.
Turner himself doesn’t hate the idea of returning to the Mets and if Steve Cohen is going to offer him more than his market value, he would be foolish not to accept. He would get to play for a contending team while also maximize his income for 2023.
New York is certainly lacking a veteran right-handed bat that can offset some of the lefties in the order. Turner can start at DH against southpaws with Daniel Vogelbach on the bench and can play third, moving Eduardo Escobar to second against righties.
The fit certainly is there, and while the Mets did Turner dirty in the past, money does seem to solve everything.