The Red Dream is officially back in Los Angeles..for another four years! The Los Angeles Dodgers made the $64 million deal final for this free agent on Friday.
The Dodgers search for a third baseman is now over. With Turner re-signing, he is the final player to the Dodgers 40-man roster for 2017.
In the next four seasons, Justin Turner will receive:
- $12M in 2017
- $11M in 2018
- $18M in 2019
- $19M in 2010
Turner will also donate one percent of his salary to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ charity.
Justin Turner's contract with #Dodgers is very backloaded: $12M in 2017, $11M in 2018, $18M in 2019, $19M in 2020. Signing bonus of $4M.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 23, 2016
Justin Turner deal official: 4M sign bonus, salaries of 12M, 11M, 18M and 19M. JT will donate 1 pct salary to club charity
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 23, 2016
“I’m excited to return to the Dodgers for another four years,” Turner said. “Playing in Los Angeles has been special for me, and I want to continue to represent and give back to this community and bring our fans the championship they deserve.”
In his three season with the club, Turner has hit .296/.364/.492 with 50 home runs and 193 RBIs in 386 games. During the 2016 season, Turner finished:
- A career high with 34 doubles
- Tied with Yasmani Grandal for most home-runs
- Tied with Adrián González for most RBIs
He was also named a finalist for the Gold Glove award for the first time in his career due to the 32-year-old’s impactful 2016 season. “His talent, work ethic, leadership and instincts for the game embodies a lot of what we look for in a Dodger player,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.
Turner was not the only free agent that has awaiting for the Dodgers to finalize contracts during the off-season.
Along with Justin Turner, the Dodgers re-signed free agents Rich Hill and Kenley Jansen. Hill received a 3-year, $48 million deal while Jansen received a 5-year deal worth $80 million.
The entire Dodgers community is ecstatic about this decision. The “heart and soul” of the Dodgers has returned and everyone is ready to see his smile shine through Los Angeles.
“We are extremely happy to announce that Justin Turner will remain a Dodger for years to come. JT has been, and will continue to be, a vital part of the Dodgers on the field, in the clubhouse and in the community,” Friedman said.
Welcome back, @redturn2!
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 24, 2016
Welcome Back, Justin Turner! We are all ready for these next four years of excellence and greatness!