Friday, November 11, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

The Los Angeles Dodgers ended an era and continued the Clayton Kershaw era.

Although President Andrew Friedman said the Dodgers want and expect Justin Turner to be in Glendale, Arizona, for spring training, the Dodgers failed to pick up Turner’s $16 million option. Turner received a $2 million buyout, but the Dodgers made mistake.

The Dodgers want to reset their luxury tax threshold, so they can be tax-free after the 2023 season. The Dodger payroll must be under $230 million after the 2023 season to avoid the luxury tax, a big payroll drops.

Turning 38 later this month, Turner has seen his best days in baseball even though he wants to play in his forties. After a slow start to the 2022 season, Turner had a great second half the season, but he has a difficult time in hitting against high velocity. His defense at third base has deteriorated because he lost a step. Turner can still contribute to a baseball team, and I expect Turner to be a Dodger in spring training.

Reportedly, Clayton Kershaw will return to the Dodgers for the 2023 season. When healthy, Kershaw is still elite with his devasting slider. At 35 next March, he does not have the endurance to pitch a complete game. Twice, in the 2022 season, Kershaw took no-hitters deep into games. At this stage of his Hall of Fame career, he wants a one-year team-friendly deal. When the Dodgers need starting pitching, having Kershaw back is welcome news.

Blake Treinen underwent surgery to repair torn labrum and rotator cuff. He probably will miss the entire 2023 season, but the Dodgers have an option on Treinen for the 2024 season.

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