Los Angeles Dodgers: Alternatives for Justin Turner

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 27: Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after flying out. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 27: Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after flying out. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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DJ LeMahieu in action during the ALDS.
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Why not make the loss of  Justin Turner an opportunity for an upgrade by signing DJ LeMahieu?

DJ LeMahieu is one of the most prized free agents this offseason. The Yankees did send LeMahieu a qualifying offer, but everyone is expecting him to decline it. LeMahieu is worth more than $18.9million. As one of the most sought after infielders, I fully expect the Los Angeles Dodgers at least have a conversation with him.

It would not be a normal season if the Dodgers were not going after a big star like LeMahieu. The former Yankees infielder has another great season during 2020, and arguably had the best season of his career. LeMahieu is such a valuable asset because he is amazing on both sides of the game.

LeMahieu is a career .305 hitter, with a .787 OPS. He also has three Gold Glove Awards. And on top of that, LeMahieu can play anywhere on the infield except shortstop. He has spent most of his playing days at second base, 86% of games, and has played third base 8.9% of games.

It is almost a perfect scenario for the Dodgers if they can afford another star player like LeMahieu. The Dodgers have one of the most expensive payrolls in the MLB, but if the organization were to add a little more spending money into the mix, LeMahieu would be worth it.

The 6’4″ 32-year-old is an upgrade in my mind, over Justin Turner. I do respect Turner and his contributions, but LeMahieu is a whole nother player. If the Dodgers added DJ LeMahieu, it would be like Thanos finding the final infinity stone to complete his gauntlet.

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With all that being said, the Los Angeles Dodgers have various ways to approach this offseason. Obviously, they could re-sign Turner, which would completely deny any of the alternatives I provided. But you do start to wonder what Justin Turner’s future looks like as a 35-year-old, who just made a foolish mistake in the World Series. The Dodgers have some young options from within, and they have a stud on the free-agent market that could help lead them to defend their title.