Just when it seemed to Brewers fans that the team was never going to make that big move and just might go into Spring Training as is, the team is all of a sudden a big part of the MLB news cycle as of late.
On Wednesday, the team reportedly came to terms on a multi-year deal with second baseman Kolten Wong. It was an unexpected splash of a signing, but one that immediately upgrades a Milwaukee offense that was woeful during the 2020 season.
Considering the amount of money the Brewers committed to Wong (two years, $18MM plus a club option) many would think the team would be out on any other major free agents. That was before a rumor that came out on Thursday night.
As reported by FanSided MLB Insider Robert Murray, the Milwaukee Brewers are still interested in signing the highly sought after free agent third baseman Justin Turner even after the signing of Wong.
To the surprise and joy of many Brewers fans, myself included, Milwaukee is still in on coveted free agent third baseman Justin Turner. Unfortunately his current team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, are the favorites to retain him.
However, for the Brewers to be heavily involved in another high profile free agent after making a splash in free agency just a few days ago is very exciting. The Brewers have seen firsthand the impact a player like Turner can have in the postseason.
Turner, 36, would likely be in for a short term offer from the Brewers, similar to the deal Wong received from the team. Although according to Jorge Castillo of the LA Times, Turner is looking for a four-year deal.
However, even at his age Turner had a productive 2020 season. Turner batted .307 with a .400 on base percentage. Right now the only third baseman on the roster is Luis Urias who batted .239 last season, so Turner represents a sizeable offensive upgrade.
On the defensive side, Justin Turner would be locked in as the every day starting third baseman for the Brewers who are still very thin at both corner infield positions, although Keston Huira may see time at first. Adding Turner at third would shore up the Brewers last major need in their starting lineup.
It’s true that the Brewers’ may be long shots to win the Justin Turner sweepstakes. But the fact that they’re even in the conversation proves that they may not be done adding pieces this offseason just yet.