MLB Offseason Buzz: Turner’s Imminent Decision, Belt Draws Interest, Red Sox Explore Options

Justin Turner’s Decision:

  • Veteran DH Justin Turner is expected to make a decision on his new team this week.
  • The Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, and Mets have been linked to Turner, with the Diamondbacks likely out after signing Joc Pederson.
  • Turner, ranked as the 21st-best free agent, remains a force at the plate and could serve as a designated hitter and occasional first baseman.

Rangers Discuss Brandon Belt:

  • The Texas Rangers have internally discussed adding DH Brandon Belt to their lineup.
  • Belt, who played under Rangers skipper Bruce Bochy with the Giants, had a strong season with the Blue Jays, posting a 136 OPS+ in 103 games.
  • The Rangers are exploring options after losing DH Mitch Garver to free agency.

Red Sox Eyeing Garrett Cooper:

  • The Boston Red Sox, in case they fail to re-sign Adam Duvall, are considering Garrett Cooper as a Plan B.
  • Cooper, though lacking Duvall’s defensive versatility, has experience at both first base and in the corner outfield.
  • Cooper is seen as a bounce-back candidate for the 2024 season, with ball-tracking data suggesting improvement.

The MLB offseason is coming to a close, and decisions from key free agents like Turner could shape the final landscape before the start of the new season.