Report: Dodgers, Justin Turner have had “very preliminary” talks of a contract extension

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers and third baseman Justin Turner have had “very preliminary” talks of a contract extension, but they haven’t really gone anywhere yet. As a result, it appears as of this moment that Turner will become a free agent after the postseason.

Turner and the Dodgers avoided arbitration in his third and final year of eligibility, agreeing on a $5.1 million salary for the 2016 season. The 31-year-old has had three very good seasons with the Dodgers, hitting an aggregate .296/.364/.492 with 50 home runs and 193 RBI in 1,383 plate appearances since the start of the 2014 season.

Turner has also been outstanding for the Dodgers in the postseason this year. He’s batting .333 with a triple, a homer, five RBI, and five runs scored in 30 plate appearances across seven games.

The 2017 free agent class is relatively weak, so Turner will likely enter as the top third baseman and one of the top ten players overall.