Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Thanks for Staying Blue, Justin Turner!

Oh, boy!  What a way to start a week.

Just when you thought the Dodgers flubbed the winter meetings they go ahead and make some waves.  It only goes to show you that all you need is a little patience.

It appears this past weekend was a turning point for two Dodger free agents, and I can't help but think that a little private gathering in CuraƧao had something to do with it.  As you likely know, free agent reliever Kenley Jansen got hitched over the weekend, and among the Dodgers' in attendance was fellow free agent Justin Tuner (as evidenced by the photo tweeted by Turner on right). Now, both of them are expected to stay in Los Angeles.

As you know, we got news that Kenley Jansen had inked a five year/$80 million contract to stay in Los Angeles on Monday - although, still unconfirmed.  Then, almost immediately afterward, rumors spread that the Dodgers had also agreed to basic terms with Justin Turner, most noticeably via a tweet by Ken Rosenthal (btw, Jon Heyman tweets similar numbers):
Do you think it's just a coincidence that both Turner and Kenley Jansen are signing for $16 million per year immediately after having spent some time together this weekend?

I think not!

...At least, that's what I want to think.

Nevertheless, it seems certain that if these contract numbers are right then Justin Turner took a discount to stay in Los Angeles, and this Dodger fan can help but feel an affinity for him - not that I needed much coaxing.

Thank you, Justin!  

In honor of Turner's impending return to Los Angeles I made the above two fantasy Baseball cards of him.  At the very top is a 1955 Topps Baseball card design and a screengrab taken from Chavez Ravine Fiends.  At the right is a 1952 Topps Baseball card design with a photograph taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016.

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