After an amazing run to the World Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to go active in free agency this summer in order to return there. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Diamondbacks ‘desperately’ seek a third baseman and have pursued Boston Red Sox and former Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner in free agency.
Turner, who will be 39 when the season begins, posted an.800 OPS and 23 home runs in his debut season with the Red Sox. With 10 straight seasons of hitting over.275, the two-time All-Star has been a consistent and reliable performer throughout his career.
“The Diamondbacks, who desperately want a third baseman, plan to pursue free agent Justin Turner, who exercised his opt out with the Boston Red Sox,” Nightengale wrote. “He is atop their wish list.”
Turner is no stranger to the Diamondbacks, having spent nine seasons with NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers before joining Boston for a single season last year. While Turner is likely to have several suitors in free agency, a return to the West Coast is possible.
Despite the 84-78 Diamondbacks’ remarkable World Series run, the club struggled to garner much output from the hot corner during the season. Signing a huge free agent like Turner may help Arizona’s offense and offer some power in the middle of the lineup as they try to reach the World Series again in 2024.