According to Jon Morosi of mlb.com the Cardinals have interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner. MLB Trade Rumors has Turner ranked fourth among this year’s free agents, estimating a payout of $85 million over five years. Along with an above average bat that has hit for a career 120 wRC+ (158 and 142 in 2014 and 2015, respectively), Turner would provide a definite upgrade to a Cardinals infield defense that was... ungreat in 2016. Turner also provides positional flexibility having played all at all the bases at some point, though mostly third. Having rejected a qualifying offer, Turner will cost a draft pick, which provides a bit of a deterrent, but overall appears to be a significant upgrade should the Cardinals find a way to make a deal happen.
He also did this to the Cardinals in 2016...
But that game ended like this, so it is okay...
oh... okay then...
Heard again today the #STLCards aren't pursuing Justin Turner. Emphasis remains to improve the defense.— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) November 30, 2016
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