Evan Longoria

Dodgers prioritize re-signing or replacing Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen

Dodgers prioritize re-signing or replacing Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen

On Monday afternoon, 16 days after the Dodgers season ended, the team completed two procedural maneuvers that underscored the top priority for this off-season, extending $17.2-million qualifying offers to closer Kenley Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner.

Both Jansen and Turner are expected to elect free agency and reject the offer, which guarantees the Dodgers receive draft-pick compensation if either player signs elsewhere. The team intends to negotiate with both, and President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman identified those two positions as the most pivotal for the team’s winter. 

“Our most acute needs as we head into the off-season are...

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