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Every Single 2020 Free Agent the Blue Jays could be Interested in

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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 27: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game Six of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 27: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game Six of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Justin Turner

Even though he’s about to turn 36 years old shortly, Justin Turner can still produce at a really high level. Since 2013 when he was 29 years of age, he’s batted .280 or better in every season and has basically done better in every year since then.

Also going back to 2013, he’s posted an on-base percentage of .370 or better in six seasons while recording good slugging percentages each season.

On the World Series winning Los Angeles Dodgers this past season, he slashed .307/.400/.460 with 46 hits in 42 games. Despite his good offensive numbers, his defence was average at best with a fielding percentage of .952 with four errors.

In his career, he’s slashed .292/.369/.469 with a considerable amount of more hits (1,029) than strikeouts (583). Turner is one of the better players at putting the ball in play as he’s only struck out more than 100 times in a season once all while getting hits at a high rate.

Turner is a third baseman but can shift to the other side of the diamond if required of him too. As he could be declining defensively, he may eventually have to turn to designated hitter duties.

The Blue Jays could bring him in to start off at third base but turn him into a designated hitter if he can’t play adequate defence later on in a contract. Regardless, if the Blue Jays do indeed sign him, they would be bringing him in because of his bat.

The Blue Jays have been seen as a landing spot for Turner by multiple outlets.

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