Turner’s contract covers two years and a guaranteed 34 million dollars, and includes the club option for the third year, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
– Justin Turner (@ redturn2) February 14, 2021
Turner, 36, became a free agent when his four-year, $ 64 million contract expired after winning the Dodgers World Series in October. A member of Dodger since 2014, Turner is the player with the longest position in the team and the third longest in the overall standings, behind Clayton Kershaw (2008) i Kenley Jansen (2010).
Turner was a journeyman in the first half of his Premier League career. He didn’t offer it to him New York Mets in December 2013, he went unsigned for the next two months and then agreed to a minor league contract with the Dodgers. At the age of 29, he began to establish himself among the game’s most productive third players.
Turner hit .297 / .378 / .508 from 2015 to 2019, amassing 105 homers, 147 pairs and 21.9 FanGraphs wins over substitutions in 645 games in the regular season. He made the All-Star team, twice finished among the top 10 in the National League MVP vote, and set the tone for the Dodgers ’striking philosophy as their most consistent performer.
By the way, Turner gave some unforgettable moments in the off-season, and mostly walked away from home Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the 2017 NL Championship Series. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, it ranks first in Dodgers ’postseason history in hits (79), home races (12), runs (40) and RBIs (41).
His crowning achievement finally arrived last season, when Turner – a lifelong Dodgers fan who grew up in Lakewood, California and recognized Kirk Gibson’s famous 1988 World Series hit as his first baseball memory. to its first championship in more than 30 years.
Turner posted 1,066 OPS in six World Series games against Tampa Bay Rays, but his career peak became tainted after Major League Baseball informed Dodgers in the late stages of a possible clincher that Turner was positive for COVID-19.
Turner, a Dodgers player, was removed to start the eighth inning of Game 6 and was not on the field to celebrate the final out. But he violated the protocol and returned to the field to take a picture with the World Series trophy, and he was seen around his teammates without a mask, provoking the anger of MLB officials and fierce criticism from people across the country. MLB eventually decided not to discipline him.
ESPN’s Eldin Alden Gonzalez contributed to this report.