Buster Olney reports that the Dodgers and free agent third baseman Justin Turner “have been talking about a four-year deal.” This on the heels of various reports over the weekend that the parties are close.
Turner would be really, really hard for the Dodgers to replace. He hit .275/.339/.493 with 27 homers and 90 RBI in 2016. In three years with the Dodgers he has hit .296/.364/.492 with 50 homers and 193 RBI. His rate stats have declined in each of the past three seasons, but he’s still among the best third basemen in the league, both offensively and defensively. He’s also a leader in the Dodgers’ clubhouse.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.