The MLB off-season continues on and Boston Red Sox fans continue to harp on the negative.
Xander Bogaerts left for San Diego and ever since, it has been (rightfully!) doom and gloom around Red Sox nation. However, they’re trying to make impactful signings and they had another one yesterday.The Red Sox went out and signed former Los Angeles Dodger third baseman/designated hitter Justin Turner. The deal is for two years and $22 million.
Justin Turner is the Boston Red Sox new primary DH
The Boston Red Sox needed a new DH after J.D. Martinez signed a one year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. They also needed another right handed bat that could give them some stability. Enter Justin Turner.
Turner is a two time All-star that has been with the Dodgers for the last nine seasons. He’s been a solid piece to the Dodgers puzzle and helped them win a World Series in 2020.
Now, the power numbers aren’t necessarily going to impress you. He’s never had a 30 homerun season in his entire MLB career. But a good thing about Turner is that he gets on base.
I truly believe that this is the identity that the Red Sox are going for in the 2023 season. Guys that can work pitchers, work counts, and get on base. That’s something that Justin Turner is good at!
Plus, with his right handed swing, he can use “the Monster” to his advantage. Imagine all the extra base hits Turner can have at Fenway by peppering the wall? That could be a little bit of fun to watch!
Justin Turner could help Rafael Devers and the Boston Red Sox in 2023
Justin Turner signing with the Red Sox actually helps current third baseman Rafael Devers in a number of ways.
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With Turner in the fold, that brings some reassurance to the Red Sox that they have another guy that can handle playing third base. If Devers needs a day off, they have a guy that can play the position and now have any drop in defensive production.
They also can have both guys in the lineup with a few different combinations. Devers can DH and Turner at 3rd, Turner at 1st and Devers at 3rd, Turner at 1st and Devers at DH. I’m good with both of their bats being in the lineup!
The bottom line with the Boston Red Sox signing Justin Turner
The signing itself is another good signing. Yes, Turner is 38 years old. But he’s a guy that can still give you some production.
However, Justin Turner signing with the Red Sox doesn’t solve all of your problems. You still have to make some trades to get more power in your lineup. Besides Devers, who is your true power guy?
Turner will hit you somewhere between 15-20 homeruns. But they need more. Make a trade for a guy like Bryan Reynolds so that way you can have a bit more power in the lineup.
So again, good job with Justin Turner. Now keep going and keep adding in any way possible!