Former Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has agreed to signal with the Toronto Blue Jays, in response to a number of stories. Carlos Baerga of the Me Gustan Los Deportes podcast was first to report the 2 sides have been shut Monday evening.
Turner hit 23 house runs with a .276 batting common and 95 RBIs final season for the Boston Pink Sox. After the season, Turner declined the $13.4 million participant choice in his contract, exercising a $6.7 million buyout as a substitute to change into a free agent.
In 9 years with the Dodgers (2014-22), Turner established himself as the most effective third basemen within the recreation, hitting .288 to go together with 156 house runs and 574 RBIs.
Turner began 98 video games at designated hitter and 41 at first base for the Pink Sox, whereas additionally seeing time at second and third. Clearly, the relaxed calls for on his fielding have been a internet optimistic: Turner’s 144 begins have been essentially the most ever in his 15-year main league profession.
The San Francisco Giants had been linked to Turner — an aesthetically awkward match for a Dodgers franchise icon. As a substitute, he’ll stay within the American League East for one more season.
The signing ostensibly takes the Blue Jays out of the operating for former Dodgers designated hitter J.D. Martinez, with whom they’d been linked within the rumor mill.
The knockdown results of Turner’s contract might prolong to the Nationwide League West as nicely:
Turner turned 39 in November however remained one of the vital coveted right-handed bats within the free agent market. Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette agreed, publicly mentioning Turner as a desired target. Ostensibly Bichette’s superiors within the entrance workplace have been listening.
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