Yankees: 2021 Replacements for DJ LeMahieu
By Adam Weinrib
2. Yankees Target: Justin Turner
Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Justin Turner will be a free agent this offseason at 36 years old.
If the Yankees lose LeMahieu, the element they’ll miss most in their stacked lineup is the consistent hard contact he makes, especially in pressure situations. In that case, Justin Turner is likely the most one-for-one replacement on the market, as well as the most likely, considering he will not command a long-term deal and is versatile enough to slot in at second or third, much like LeMahieu.
Even though Turner’s alleged to be reaching the end of his rope, he still hit .290 with 27 homers and 67 RBI last season. The slugger truly makes his bones in October, though — in 11 career postseason series, he’s a .310 hitter with a .411 OBP and nine momentous homers. You remember them, right? The smash to center that sank the Cubs in 2017, the 2018 NLCS homer in Game 2 in Milwaukee that changed the tenor of that entire series…Turner is money with the game on the line, especially when said game really matters.
And, plus, who wouldn’t want to return to New York and wear the pinstripes for the twilight of their career, after being cast aside by the Mets on the other side of town?
Hmm…a return to pinstripes…wait a second, we’ve got an idea.