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.
Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.
While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.
Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:
It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.
Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:
It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.