This does not have to be complicated. The Dodgers want their third baseman of 2017 to be the same man who filled the role in 2016. And Justin Turner, the sole quality third baseman on the free-agent market, wants to return to Los Angeles.
But rare is the contract negotiation that unfolds in simple fashion. So as the Dodgers wait for Turner’s market to take shape, the organization must plan for alternatives should he sign elsewhere.
“I think there are very good infielders on the trade market,” the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, said on Monday evening at the winter meetings.
Turner celebrated his 32nd birthday...