After 9 years, two All-Star choices and a World Sequence title, Justin Turner’s tenure with the Dodgers seems to be ending.
A month after having a workforce choice in his contract for 2023 declined and turning into a free agent, the veteran infielder agreed to a take care of the Boston Red Sox for 2 years and about $22 million, with an opt-out after subsequent 12 months, in response to a number of studies.
As soon as finalized, it’s going to mark the most recent notable departure this offseason for the Dodgers, who’ve additionally seen Trea Turner, Cody Bellinger, Tyler Anderson and a number of other different contributors from final season’s 111-win workforce depart in free company.
Although Turner and Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman voiced curiosity in a reunion this winter — even after Turner’s $16-million choice was declined after the season — the probabilities of Turner returning to Los Angeles seemed to be declining in current days.
The Dodgers had made a string of one-year signings that pushed their payroll for subsequent season to about $210 million — inching nearer to the $233-million luxurious tax threshold that Turner advised 570 AM had been impacting his negotiations with the workforce.
The Dodgers’ newest transfer, a one-year deal for J.D. Martinez on Saturday, additionally gave them a participant with the same talent set to Turner’s — a veteran right-handed bat able to serving as designated hitter.
Even when Turner had come again to the Dodgers, his position most likely would have been altered.
One of many membership’s high prospects, Miguel Vargas, appears to be like primed to play commonly at third base. And after Turner cut up time between third and DH final 12 months, it’s possible much more of his at-bats subsequent season would have come because the latter.
What was unclear in the beginning of free company was whether or not Turner would get the multi-year deal he was looking for after a productive 2022 marketing campaign through which he batted .278 with 13 dwelling runs and 81 RBIs.
Earlier this winter, the Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks had reportedly proven curiosity in him.
However after Martinez’s departure from Boston a day earlier, the Red Sox pivoted to Turner, wooing the Lakewood native and Cal State Fullerton product from his hometown workforce with the kind of provide the Dodgers have been at all times going to be unlikely to satisfy.