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Dodgers rumors: Los Angeles ‘likely’ to re-sign Justin Turner

The third baseman is one of the better hitters still available.

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The Dodgers are considered the favorites to re-sign infielder Justin Turner, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

Though the Cardinals have also expressed interest in signing Turner, he hasn’t drawn much interest after a solid 2016 season. The market for third baseman hasn’t developed completely, but Turner could be in a position to land an extensive deal.

Turner, 32, batted .275/.339/.493 with 27 home runs and 90 RBIs. He has emerged as one of the game’s better power threats, hitting a combined 43 home runs the last two seasons.

Turner is a career .282 hitter and has proven to be a versatile piece. Though he predominantly played third base with the Dodgers last season, he can also play at second base and shortstop.

Because Turner made more than $5 million last season, he could request and ultimately receive a significant raise. He hasn’t hit below .260 in each of the last five seasons and has become a consistent infield option for the Dodgers, a large market team that could give him the raise he is likely seeking.