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.

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.

Yasiel Puig also had a solid spring

 

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Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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