Who says it’s hard to stay motivated after a big pay day?
Justin Turner had a nice offseason. He got to stay with his hometown team, received a $64 million extension and is engaged to the love of his life. If Turner’s spring training is any indication, he’s on his way to potentially his best season yet.
He does seem to enjoy the spring
2016 spring — .500 BA, 1.571 OPS
2015 spring — .429 BA, 1.188 OPS
2014 spring — .389 BA, 1.005 OPS https://t.co/Wx9t2DYCLS
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 1, 2017
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) March 13, 2017
— Kourtney (@court_with_a_K) March 13, 2017
Turner blossomed into an offensive cornerstone since his arrival in Los Angeles. The 32-year-old signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers three years ago after being released by the Mets.
He’s hit .296/.364/.492 with 50 homers for L.A. His contract year saw him set several new career-highs in home runs, doubles and triples. He also developed into a plus defender, making him one of the game’s better all-around third basemen.
The Dodgers organization appears dedicated to retaining its own talent. Amid luxury tax concerns, the franchise dropped almost $200 million to re-sign Turner, Kenley Jansen and Rich Hill. Turner is one of the club’s leaders, and his departure didn’t appear to be a real option for either side.
If Turner’s offseason and March are any indication, he could be on his way to an All-Star season.