It has only been a short while that Justin Turner has called the Toronto Blue Jays his home as we near the 2024 season. The 39-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Jays back on Jan. 30 and he's already making waves before spring training even gets underway.
In a recent interview with an MLB Network panel, Turner, who has a long history of bouncing around all over the infield, was asked if he was told where he'd line up defensively in the upcoming season. His answer was unsatisfying, because he really doesn't know where he'll play. However, he also seemed to hint at the Blue Jays' plan for the remainder of the offseason.
"I think they're (Blue Jays) still trying to figure everything out," he said. "There's still alot of really good players available on the free agent market, that they're not sure if a third baseman is in that conversation or not."
This could mean multiple things, both good in terms of how Blue Jays fans would receive it. Turner could mean that he's aware of the Jays still talking to the representatives of Matt Chapman, who remains on the open market and has long been linked to the club in reunion talks.
Another alternative could come in the form of a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. Willy Adames seems to be next up for the club to sell after shocking the world and trading Corbin Burnes to the Orioles recently. The club only just recently signed Rhys Hoskins, seemingly indicating that a sell-off was not in the cards, only to start trading assets. Bo Bichette is the undisputable shortstop for the Blue Jays so Adames and his above-average range and throwing arm, would have to try out a new position.
Despite the fact that Toronto-based media has been labeling the Blue Jays as "done for the offseason", there's been some momentum gaining in other parts of the industry. ESPN's Jeff Passan only just recently hinted that he believed the Jays would get "desperate" and sign Cody Bellinger. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic also said that he believes the Jays still have money to spend on the open market.
However you draw it up, the Blue Jays still have more work to do. Fortunately for them, there are still plenty of options on the free agent market. It's entirely possible that the slow-moving market for power-hitting DHs and Chapman plays in their favor in the end. Adding someone like Chapman (or Adames) and having Turner fill in at each corner infield spot and DH would be an excellent way to cap off the winter.