Third baseman Justin Turner is staying stuck together with all the Los Angeles Dodgers, he declared Saturday on Twitter.
Turner’s deal is for two decades and $34 million ensured, and it has a club option for another season, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Turner, 36, became a free agent when his 64 million, four-year contract died after the Dodgers’ World Series victory in October.
He had been non-tendered from the New York Mets at December 2013, went for the subsequent two months, then agreed to a minor league deal with the Dodgers. At 29, he started to establish himself among the game’s most effective third basemen.
He left an All-Star group, completed within the top 10 in National League MVP voting on 2 events and also set the tone for the Dodgers’ hitting philosophy because their most consistent performer.
On the way, Turner contributed a few unforgettable postseason minutes, most especially his walk-off home run contrary to the Chicago Cubs in Game two of their 2017 NL Championship Series.
His crowning achievement eventually came this season, when Turner — a lifelong Dodgers fan who grew up in Lakewood, California, also explains Kirk Gibson’s famous pinch-hit house run as his very first baseball match — helped lead the franchise to its first championship in over 30 decades ago
Turner submitted a 1.066 OPS in six World Series games against the Tampa Bay Rays, but his career emphasize became after Major League Baseball advised the Dodgers from the late phases of a eventual clincher which Turner had tested positive for COVID-19.
Turner, the Dodgers’ player rep, was eliminated to start the inning and was not on the area to celebrate the closing out. However he broke protocol and re-entered the area to shoot pictures using the World Series trophy and has been seen around teammates with no mask, drawing the ire of both MLB officials and uncontrolled criticism from those around the nation. MLB ultimately chose to not subject him.