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Arizona Diamondbacks set sights on offseason reinforcements

Sep 5, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter Justin Turner (2) hits a RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

After an improbable run to the World Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks are prepared to make some moves this offseason as they attempt to build off the momentum they gained in 2023.

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While starting pitching is certainly near the top of the Diamondbacks list of potential needs, a third baseman is also something they would like to add.

With Evan Longoria and Tommy Pham likely retiring or going elsewhere, the D-backs would love a strong defensive third baseman who also brings a powerful bat.

The good news for Arizona is that Justin Turner, who is heading into the 16th season of his career, is now a free agent.

According to Bob Nightengale at USA Today, Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen has his eyes set on this three-time All-Star.

Nightengale wrote, “The Diamondbacks, who desperately want a third baseman, plan to pursue free agent Justin Turner, who exercised his opt-out with the Boston Red Sox.”

Justin Turner hit 23 home runs, drove in 96 runs, and posted a.276 batting average.

It was the fifth season of his career where he had over 20 home runs, symbolizing that despite his age, there is still power left in the tank for the 38-year-old.

Another part that makes Turner attractive to the Diamondbacks is his postseason experience.

With a majority of Arizona’s roster having only one postseason run under their belt, veteran leadership is crucial.

Since 2014, Turner has been to the postseason nine times, including a World Series championship with the Dodgers in 2020.

In total, Turner has reached the championship round five different times.

What makes this move seem not too far-fetched for the Diamondbacks to make is the fact that they did something eerily similar last offseason.

Knowing they were in need of third-baseman depth, they acquired 37-year-old Evan Longoria on a one-year deal.

Could history repeat itself with the Arizona Diamondbacks?

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