This week, Contained in the Clubhouse seems to be on the Brewers’ continued curiosity in Justin Turner, how DH uncertainty modified the marketplace for Marcell Ozuna and extra.
Even after signing Kolten Wong to a two-year, $18 million contract, the Milwaukee Brewers stay fascinated with free-agent third baseman Justin Turner, in line with sources acquainted with the scenario.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to signal Turner and have been for a lot of the offseason, however the longer he stays in the marketplace, the larger the prospect he performs elsewhere subsequent season. Groups have considerations about his age (36) and up to date damage historical past, not sure how for much longer he’ll maintain up at third base if the common designated hitter isn’t applied in 2021 and past.
It’s why the Dodgers and different groups have been hesitant to supply Turner the three-year deal he’s reportedly searching for. However what he presents each on and off the sector, one government opined, will in the end land him a profitable multi-year contract — even whether it is taking longer than he envisioned.
Turner was a vocal chief for the Dodgers, with Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Instances noting that it was Turner and Mookie Betts who spoke at a workforce assembly a day earlier than the postseason opener in 2020. He was ingrained in the neighborhood and have become certainly one of Los Angeles’ “most distinguished residents by means of his charitable endeavors.”
On the sector, Turner has a knack for acting at his finest within the postseason. He’s a .295/.392/.507 hitter in 72 profession playoff video games. Within the World Sequence final season, he hit .320 with two dwelling runs.
It has led some contained in the Brewers group to marvel if he may have an effect just like Mike Moustakas, however one workforce government cautioned that it’s “unlikely” Turner leaves Los Angeles. However with the construction of Wong’s contract, deferring $5 million of the $7 million he’s owed in 2021, maybe the Brewers can put collectively a proposal sturdy sufficient to entice Turner to depart the Dodgers.
Blue Jays are after Taijuan Walker
The Toronto Blue Jays have proven current curiosity in free-agent pitcher Taijuan Walker, in line with sources with direct information.
The Blue Jays have maintained a dialogue with Walker for a lot of the offseason, however the two sides haven’t lined up on the size of a contract. A deal isn’t believed to be shut, although with the workforce needing one other beginning pitcher, they’ve made it clear that they wish to deliver him again if the value is true.
Free-agent left-handed pitcher James Paxton can also be on the Blue Jays’ radar, sources mentioned, however Andy Martino of SNY reviews that he’s searching for greater than $11 million yearly. It isn’t identified how a lot room the Blue Jays should spend, however it’s exhausting to see them spending vital cash on a pitcher who posted a 6.64 ERA in 20.1 innings final season whereas averaging solely 92.1 mph together with his fastball — a pitch that averaged 95.5 mph in 2019.
The Blue Jays had been additionally in on free-agent infielder Marwin Gonzalez, who agreed to a one-year, $3 million take care of the Crimson Sox. He would have supplied sturdy depth and a much-needed left-handed off the bench behind Marcus Semien, Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio. Gonzalez additionally drew curiosity from the Boston Crimson Sox and Philadelphia Phillies, amongst others.
On Thursday, the Blue Jays signed reliever David Phelps to a one-year deal. With groups more and more involved about their pitching depth because the league ramps again up from 60 to 162 video games, it could hardly be stunning to see the Blue Jays add one other arm or two.
DH uncertainty affected the marketplace for Marcell Ozuna and the Braves
The uncertainty surrounding the common DH “really impacted” the marketplace for Marcell Ozuna, one Nationwide League government mentioned, who added that it’s “bullshit” that an settlement on the DH has not been reached.
It handcuffed a number of groups that coveted Ozuna’s bat, but in addition had severe considerations about his potential to play on daily basis in left subject. Nonetheless, rival executives had been impressed that he in the end signed a four-year, $65 million take care of the Atlanta Braves that may attain $80 million if the fifth-year membership choice is exercised.
The common DH is very prone to be a part of the subsequent CBA, beginning in 2022, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported, so maybe these considerations had been overblown.
Across the Horn:
- The Brewers expressed curiosity in free-agent outfielder Shin Soo-Choo, who has been understanding at first base with the purpose of accelerating his versatility. They had been among the many groups to point out curiosity in Choo at first, however it isn’t clear if they continue to be concerned after Keston Hiura turned their full-time first basemen.
- Free-agent pitcher Chaz Roe is throwing for a number of groups this weekend in Lexington, KY. Roe, 34, is alleged to be absolutely wholesome after coping with proper elbow soreness in 2020. Whereas he has struggled towards left-handed hitters, Roe is understood for a devastating slider towards right-handed hitters.
- Free-agent pitcher David Robertson threw for groups, together with the New York Yankees, on the College of Alabama, in line with Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
- On Oct. 28, 2018, the Crimson Sox’s outfield featured Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi. On Feb. 11, 2021, none of them are underneath contract in Boston.