Though it has yet to be confirmed, there seems to be speculation growing that we could see an MLB season of some format in 2020. Regardless of how that happens remains to be seen.
However, there is still the possibility there is no baseball this year. Though losing an entire season would be awful for fans and players, it could be even worse for some players whose contracts are up at the end of the season.
One of those players being Justin Turner.
Turner, 35, has been with the Dodgers since 2014. In December of 2016, he signed a four-year contract worth $64 million to remain in Los Angeles. He’s in the final year of his contract, and he’ll be a free-agent heading into the 2021 season.
If there’s no season, could Turner have played his final game as a member of the Dodgers?
Jorge Castillo of the LA Times caught up with Turner and spoke with him about this entire situation.
“It’s definitely something that I’ve thought about a few times and don’t want. Obviously there’s a possibility that there’s no season and my Dodger career could’ve ended last year in the playoffs, which would be tough. It would be sad. Sad to think about.”
If there’s no season, Turner will enter the 2021 campaign as a 36-year-old third baseman. Though he was still productive last season, it’s unclear as to whether or not the Dodgers have him in their future plans.
It’s hard to see the Dodgers and Turner not coming to terms on a deal, as one would expect Turner to potentially take a team-friendly deal in order to remain in Los Angeles. Plus, he still put up All-Star type numbers last season, tying a career-high in homers with 27 and posting an .881 OPS.
Regardless of what happens, that’s still some time away. Here’s to hoping we have a 2020 season as soon as possible!
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