After a busy opening to the morning where the team announced that Luis Avilan was coming back, it is now being reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers and third baseman Justin Turner have agreed to a 2016 contract.
Last season, Turner hit .294 with a career-high 16 home runs in what turned out to be a breakout year for him. Turner also led the Dodgers in Wins Above Replacement (4.0). Put simply, he was a bargain beyond what bargains truly are. Due to that, he and the team have come to agreement.
MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) broke the news a few minutes ago:
Justin turner, dodgers agree at $5.1M
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 15, 2016
After making $2,500,000 last season, Turner basically doubles his salary for this upcoming one. The 31-year old will be a free agent after the 2016 season.
FanGraphs projects Turner to produce a 2.8 WAR season, as well as hit .294 over 345 plate appearances. Turner’s value to the team goes far beyond what a salary even says considering his ability to play multiple positions, hit for average, get on base, be a quality defender, and be a vital cog to the lineup.
As for now, Turner slots in at third base to start the season. The Dodgers are thrilled to have him back, and there was never a doubt.