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Dodgers Officially Announce Justin Turner Signing



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.

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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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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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    • I would love to see that WS. Beating the Rays last year was great because we finally ended the championship drought. But beating the Yankees would be classic.

      • But that’s true of every team in the NL That said I’ll wager money says the DH is in place before the start of the season.

      • It was fun to watch but National League is back to real baseball. More strategy with no DH, and with Dodger pitching staff being what it is, teams won’t be scoring many runs against them. I say starting rotation will average under 3.00 era. GO BLUE!

        • Big Chris, yes I agree we need to keep NL baseball pure – No DH! As far as I’m concerned, get rid of it altogether. Dodger pitching and defense along with the offense should be plenty to repeat!

  1. Re-signing JT was huge to me. It would have felt way wrong to follow the Dodgers this year without him. Now it feels right. Nobody has everything they need. But we have more than anyone else, tangible and intangible. I beleive this team is better than they were last year, primarily due to acquiring Bauer. The same exposures at closer and RHB 2B persist, but could be answered in house. Baseball was the highlight of Covid crumby 2020, and looks like it will be again, at least for Dodger fans.

    • I agree 106W – we all needed JT back in the fold, for every reason there is in baseball on and off the field. This is going to be a great year seeing the Dodgers fight to win the West again, and then get back to the WS. So much can happen in 162 games and playoffs, but this team is loaded again!!

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