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Inside the Clubhouse: Brewers still chasing Justin Turner?

This week, Contained in the Clubhouse appears 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 thinking about free-agent third baseman Justin Turner, in response to sources aware of the scenario.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to signal Turner and have been for many of the offseason, however the longer he stays available on the market, the better the possibility 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 is just not 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 sphere, 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 Times noting that it was Turner and Mookie Betts who spoke at a crew 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 his charitable endeavors.”

On the sphere, Turner has a knack for acting at his greatest 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 might have an effect just like Mike Moustakas, however one crew 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 suggestion sturdy sufficient to entice Turner to go away the Dodgers.

Blue Jays are after Taijuan Walker

The Toronto Blue Jays have proven current curiosity in free-agent pitcher Taijuan Walker, in response to sources with direct information.

The Blue Jays have maintained a dialogue with Walker for many of the offseason, however the two sides haven’t lined up on the size of a contract. A deal is just not believed to be shut, although with the crew needing one other beginning pitcher, they’ve made it clear that they want to convey him again if the worth is correct.

Free-agent left-handed pitcher James Paxton can also be on the Blue Jays’ radar, sources stated, however Andy Martino of SNY studies that he’s searching for greater than $11 million yearly. It’s not identified how a lot room the Blue Jays need to spend, however it’s onerous to see them spending important 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 have been additionally in on free-agent infielder Marwin Gonzalez, who agreed to a one-year, $3 million take care of the Purple Sox. He would have provided 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 Purple 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 will hardly be shocking 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 “actually impacted” the marketplace for Marcell Ozuna, one Nationwide League government stated, 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 additionally had severe considerations about his means to play day by day in left discipline. Nonetheless, rival executives have 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 extremely prone to be a part of the following CBA, beginning in 2022, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported, so maybe these considerations have been overblown.

Across the Horn:

  • The Brewers expressed curiosity in free-agent outfielder Shin Soo-Choo, who has been figuring out at first base with the purpose of accelerating his versatility. They have been among the many groups to point out curiosity in Choo at first, however it’s not clear if they continue to be concerned after Keston Hiura grew to become their full-time first basemen.
  • Free-agent pitcher Chaz Roe is throwing for just a few 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 thought 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 response to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
  • On Oct. 28, 2018, the Purple Sox’s outfield featured Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi. On Feb. 11, 2021, none of them are beneath contract in Boston.

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