The Boston Red Sox may need a backup plan at their corner infield positions. Justin Turner may be that option.
According to Jon Heyman from the New York Post, the Red Sox are one of several teams that are pursuing former Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. Heyman further reported that Turner is seeking a two year deal.
Justin Turner could be backup plan for Boston Red Sox
A two time All Star, Turner had a solid showing in 2022. He posted a .278/.350/.438 batting line in his 532 plate appearances, hitting 13 homers and 36 doubles. While his power numbers were down compared to his performance in 2021, the now 38 year old showed that he still has something left in the tank.
The Red Sox interest in Turner is notable given other circumstances on the roster. Extension talks with Rafael Devers are ongoing but there has not been much in the way of progress thus far. There has been some thought that the Red Sox could entertain a trade for Devers if an extension does not come through; bringing Turner on board could help facilitate such a move.
At the same time, there is uncertainty at first base. The starting role appears to be Triston Casas’ to lose, but he is not proven at the major league level. Turner would be a solid fallback option in the event that Casas is not ready, giving the Red Sox a veteran option that they can turn to.
In the end, it is a matter of cost. Turner is likely to land a starting job elsewhere, making the Red Sox interest all the more confusing. The idea that the Red Sox are interested in bringing him on board may indicate that they have other moves coming should such a deal be consummated.
The Boston Red Sox are reportedly interested in Justin Turner. This pursuit could be a sign of other moves to come should be head to the Northeast.