After being non-tendered by the New York Mets following the 2013 season, Justin Turner signed a Minor-League deal with an invitation to Spring Training with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Turner earned a spot on the roster and established himself as a versatile infielder capable of filling in at multiple positions and valuable pinch-hitter. In times when Turner was called on off the bench, he slashed .400/.406/.500 with 10 RBIs.
The 30-year-old super utility man and Long Beach, Calif. native was one of seven players the Dodgers tendered contracts to and he figures to play a similar role for the team in 2015. Whether or not Turner and the Dodgers will agree to terms without going through arbitration remains to be determined.
Turner’s social media accounts indicate he’s remained busy this offseason as he participated in Chris Paul’s celebrity dinner for charity, told teammates he would meet them for a workout, and also revealed his spirit animal.
On Sunday, Turner handed out gifts to thousands of children at the Los Angeles Dream Center and he also had the opportunity to meet Crystal, the monkey that starred in ‘The Hangover Part II’ and ‘Night At The Museum 3.’
In a video Turner posted on Instagram, he revealed just how close him and Crystal got, which included him being licked on the mouth: