Throughout the majority of this MLB offseason, many thought that a long-time staple of the defending World Series champions would move to a new team. However, to the glee of their fans, third baseman Justin Turner ended up re-signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a two-year contract valued at $34 million.
Turner has been Los Angeles’ primary third baseman for the past seven seasons, transforming himself into one of the game’s best and most consistent hitters after a disappointing beginning to his career with the Orioles and Mets.
The Southern California native, a 2017 NL All-Star and the owner of a career .292 batting average, was up to his old tricks with the Dodgers in 2020. In 42 games, Turner batted .307 with a .400 on-base percentage, to go with 4 home runs and 23 RBIs. He was a key part of the team’s postseason success, as well, batting .250 with 3 home runs, including 2 in the Dodgers’ World Series triumph over the Rays.
While there was some speculation that Turner could sign with a team like the NL rival Atlanta Braves, it turns out that he is set to spend his next two seasons as he has for the better part of the last decade, manning the hot corner for one of the best teams in the game.