The Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced the re-signing of Justin Turner on Friday morning via a Zoom press conference. The Dodgers and Turner agreed to a $34 million contract for two years plus an option. The contract includes a club option for 2023 for $16 million or a $2 million buyout. The deal also includes an $8 million signing bonus.
“I’m back in Dodger blue, like I was supposed to be,” said Turner.
Turner also talked about the offseason moves from the Padres as well as the World Series celebration.
“We’re going to get 19 World Series games this year,” said Turner about the Padres Dodgers matchups this year.
The corresponding move made by the Dodgers after adding Turner to the 40-man roster was moving Caleb Ferguson to the 60-day injured list who had Tommy John surgery in September.
Turner also said he hasn’t been on the field for the last out of a winning World Series team, and he’s watched three celebrations. He mentioned being on the field when the Dodgers win another championship a key factor in his decision.
President of Baseball Operations Andrew Freidman also attended press conference Friday morning and talked about the offseason moves as well the future.
“Our primary focus is doing everything we can to defend our title,” said Friedman. He also said it won’t be surprising at all if the team finished above the $250 million threshold.
Friedman also said that trade discussions will also most likely take place during Spring Training and that the World Series is more important than the luxury tax threshold.
The Dodgers continue preparation in spring training and look forward to their first Cactus League game against the Oakland Athletics on Sun, Feb 28.
We are now only a little over a week a day away from some Dodger baseball, albeit the cactus League variety.