3 teams that could lure Justin Turner away from Dodgers

Jason Reed
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers plays during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres September 10, 2022 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers plays during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres September 10, 2022 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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1. Seattle Mariners

After making the playoffs for the first time since 2001, the Seattle Mariners are looking to build on last year’s success to make sure they don’t go another 21 years before making the playoffs again. Seattle already locked up Luis Castillo with a multi-year extension during the season and made a big trade this month by adding Teoscar Hernandez.

Seattle is not a big-market team and they’re probably not going to land one of the big-name free agents this offseason. Instead, expect the Mariners to work around the edges and add quality depth to their young core that could push them over the top.

Turner might be the perfect veteran bat for the Mariners to play third base next season. Eugenio Suarez manned the position last season, but with how the roster is built, it looks like he will be the team’s primary DH in 2023.

Regardless, there’s a spot to fill whether it be at third base or at DH, and Turner could be a cheaper, one-year option for the job. His veteran presence would undoubtedly lengthen Seattle’s lineup and his veteran approach to the game could be fantastic for struggling young players like Jarred Kelenic.

Turner would get to stay on the West Coast and play for a hungry fanbase that’s going to show the team a lot of support in 2023. Seattle has to be one of the most intriguing, under-the-radar destinations for the Dodgers legend.

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