The Dodgers signed Justin Turner to a contract almost a week ago without an official announcement. The team had 40 guys on their roster so a corresponding move was necessary to make that happen.
The deal that was reported last week came directly from Turner himself. JT posted on social media that he was not going anywhere and that was followed by reports of the contract details. The Dodgers gave him two years at $34 million with the option for a third year.
Signing Justin Turner was the cherry on top of a really productive offseason for Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers. They obviously signed Trevor Bauer to a massive deal, but there were so many other moves that made this team better.
The Dodgers picked up a boatload of arms on minor league contracts that will no doubt play a role in 2021. They also signed Blake Treinen to a very team-friendly deal considering the reliever market at the time of his signing. Los Angeles inked a few project pieces as well, looking for a bounceback from guys like Corey Knebel and eventually Tommy Kahnle.
To clear up space on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers sent LHP Caleb Ferguson to the 60-day Injured List. Ferguson will miss the 2021 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
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