- Jan 3, 2017
- Montreal, QC
There is a lot of truth in what you say. LeMaheiu had only one season in Denver with an OPS+ above 93. Turner, meanwhile has strung eight consecutive seasons with OPS+ of 100+ with a career mark of 128. Yeah, he's 36, but guarantee him two years with a vesting option for a third or a fat buyout on the third and bring him back. With Rios and Taylor in reserve, he can get plenty of rest or DH if the NL pivots to that.
I get that his last season at Coors was bad, but even Larry Walker and Nolan Arenado have had bad years at Coors. Thing is, while Yankee Stadium is a lttle league field, so are the ballparks in Philadelphia, Cincinnati and even Houston. The point is, not every game the Yankees played is at Yankee Stadium. Sure, the parks in the AL East are hitter-friendly (save Tampa's monstrosity), but one could use the same argument in pretty much every division. Sure, I don't see LeMahieu hitting .364 as a Dodger, but I don't think he will fall off of the mountain and sit closer to .250 than .350. Yeah, his walk rates aren't great but that could be the coaching with the Yankees. Not many of them were that willing to work many counts and that might be more about the outfield fences being an arm's length from the batter's box.
Lastly, if the deal is five years, it better come with deferred money. $100MM+ for a 33 year old infielder is more than I would pay. I would prefer four years and less than $100MM with that aforementioned deferred money. Now, I am speculating that the Jays will go higher but I am also thinking that the lack of knowledge where the Jays will be playing is going to cloud their offer. I figure it is between us and the Yankees and it seems like Prince Hal is leery of spending again a year after opening the checkbook for Cole and seeing that did not get him any closer to his latest ring. The ball is in JT's court, nevertheless, and there is no way a four or even a three year deal is going to happen with the Dodgers. There are just too many questions. Health, the sinking power numbers and Turner's heavy legs just not inspiring much confidence in a two year deal. But, if JT was going to take a two year deal, it is likely it would've been announced by now. I just think the JT train has passed the gate and he is either Atlanta, Mets or Toronto bound.