According to the Associated Press, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn owes more than $400,000 in unpaid federal income taxes.
The information was published this morning in the San Diego Union-Tribune, who reported that the government liens involve unpaid taxes from 2003, 2007 and 2009. Gwynn was given a notice last year for $209,156 and another in 2010 for $227,093.
Gwynn recently joined an ownership group led by Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull in an effort to buy majority control of the Padres from John Moores. MLB has a vetting process to evaluate the financial well-being of prospective owners, but assuming Gwynn isn’t one of the major money partners, it shouldn’t have much of an impact on the process.
Gwynn’s tax attorney, Mitch Dubick, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the Padres’ legend is working on paying the owed taxes in installments.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.