Justin Turner, Dodgers Reportedly Reach Two-Year Deal

(Los Angeles Times photo)

Moments after we published a story on Saturday surrounding the Dodgers’ payroll for the upcoming season and the prospects of Justin Turner re-signing, news broke that the veteran third baseman has finally reached a deal to return to Los Angeles on a two-year contract.

Shortly before reporters began tweeting the news, Turner himself made his own announcement through several social media platforms.

Jeff Passan of ESPN indicated initially that the deal is worth more than $30 million.

Later reports by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reveal that Turner’s contract is worth $34 million with a club option for a third season. The deal also includes an $8 million signing bonus.

Rosenthal also noted that Turner’s deal is the “largest guarantee for a free-agent position player 36 or older in first year of deal since Victor Martinez’s four-year, $68 million contract with Tigers in 2014.”

Originally selected by the Reds in the seventh round of the 2006 draft out of Cal-Fullerton, the righty-hitting Turner spent limited big-league time with the Orioles and Mets before signing with the Dodgers on a minors deal in 2014.

During his first year wearing Blue, he hit a monstrous .340/.404/.493 in 109 games, opening the door for him to become the team’s everyday third baseman.

In 2017, he was named to his first All-Star squad, finishing the season with a .322/.415/.530 slash line alongside 21 homers, 32 doubles and 71 RBI.

At the peak of his game, there are very few third baseman with finer hands and a better arm.

From his performance on the diamond to being a leader in the clubhouse to his off-field charity work, not many MLB players are more complete than Turner.

The 5-foot-11, 202-pound native of Long Beach became a free agent when his four-year, $64 million contract expired at the end of last year.

Against the Rays in the 2020 World Series, he went 8-for-25 with four doubles and two long balls.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Turner ranks first in Dodgers postseason history with 79 hits, 12 home runs, 40 runs scored, and 41 RBI.

With the addition of Turner’s contract, the estimated Luxury Tax payroll now stands at approximately $257 million, elevating the Dodgers into the highest possible tax bracket for penalties.

8 thoughts on “Justin Turner, Dodgers Reportedly Reach Two-Year Deal

  1. I’m happy to have Red back but that’s a pretty significant overpay. We just have him more AAV for his 36-38 age seasons than we did in his 32-35 age seasons. I figured it would be more 2 years $20-$25 million but it doesn’t really matter. If we were going to go over the line then we should at least put the best team out there to win with. Big changes will be coming in the next year or two. Eventually we will need some of the younger talent to be ready to replace our expensive vets like JT, Kenley and Kershaw so we can sign Buehler and one of Seager or Bellinger. I just don’t see how we can sign all 3.


  2. Welcome back JT. I believe he is being paid because he took a team friendly deal the first time, and they are rewarding his performance and leadership. They have a lot of money coming off of the books next season Alex. They can concentrate on Seager, and do not have to worry about Buehler for at least 2 years. By then, Bauer’s contract will be up unless the invoke the option year. Kersh will probably get a 2 year offer, but not for 30 mil, and Jansen will be gone. No way they resign him for the kind of money he was getting.


  3. Nice! Dodgers finally did get their two year deal and it is a two year deal unless Turner can beat Father Time. Our two big free-agent signings are both two year deals. I’d have to create an Excel Spreadsheet to see the significance of that, but I’m sure Friedman already has one and much more.

    I believe Dennis and I both felt the same, Dodgers would be loath to go over the CBT threshold. Believe we both said they’d only do it for Turner and/or a big bargain. I think that is exactly what happened. They nabbed Turner and I believe Bauer is a huge bargain. Buying an ACE for $102M (for three PRIME years) or more likely $85M for two PRIME years. That’s super cheap when compared to Gerritt Cole’s $324M contract through his age 37 season. Bet the Yankees didn’t want to buy his age 35 through 37 seasons for $108M. I know, time value of money and coming inflation, but still, lot less risk with the two year contract.

    Regarding the high AAV ($17M) on Turner’s salary, which is $1M higher than under his last contract. I think it’s partially a “Thank You” for a job well done.

    We are now “Locked and Loaded” for the coming season. Play Ball.


  4. Anyone know how many ST games are being televised this year? I haven’t been able to find anything posted. Looking forward to seeing some of the kids show us what they have. And, of course, Bauer and Price.


    1. I have not seen anything yet. I reckon we should be hearing something soon. I usually get an email from the team’s PR team about televised Cactus League games and times. I’ll forward it to you when I do.


      1. Thanks Dennis, I appreciate it. For whatever reason, that JT signing last night really pushed me into overdrive.


      2. I’m willing to put up with one loss during the Cactus League but no losses during the regular season, and I pride myself on being a very reasonable guy.

        Actually, I don’t care how good we are, there are going to be some epic battles with the Pads this year. We won’t even remember we had a rivalry with the Giants.


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