The Dodgers and their fans finally got their wish this offseason. Justin Turner took to his social media accounts on Saturday to announce to Los Angeles that he was returning, indicating a real had been signed.
The deal with the Dodgers was announced later by ESPN as well as other members of the media. Initial terms were reported to be for 2 years and in the range of $30 million.
The latest update from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweeted that Turner’s deal is for 2 years and $34 million. There is also a team option for a third year at about $14 million, plus an $8 million signing bonus. The deal could be worth upwards of $52 million with “escalators tied to MVP voting.”
A follower points out the Dodgers’ tax payment would not amount to a terribly large percentage of their payroll. Very true: Per @Fangraphs’ roster resource, team’s luxury-tax payroll currently $256.9M. By my rough calculation, tax would amount to ~$13.3M. https://t.co/usxOFwhfh2
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 14, 2021
That would give the Dodgers the financial flexibility to navigate 2021 and beyond while keeping Turner around. It would also allow them to navigate Turner’s future with the team depending on how the next few years shape out.
For Turner, the deal could allow him to become a free agent at age 38. While not an ideal age to be a free agent, his productivity could still prove useful for a club looking for a bench bat or DH in 2023. That would at least allow him to seek out one more year should he move on from the Dodgers.
Regardless of what the future holds, the next 2 years will feature Justin Turner with the Dodgers. Los Angeles now has their third baseman locked down this year, and 2022 will no doubt feature JT in a DH type of hybrid role. Let’s run it back, Los Angeles.
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