Justin Turner is leaving Los Angeles.
The Dodgers mainstay, who made two All-Star teams and won a World Series in Los Angeles, is signing a two-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. The 38-year-old midfielder will amount to about 22 million dollars on the deal, which comes with an opt-out clause, according to the report. He is expected to play primarily at first base with All-Star designated hitter Rafael Devers filling in at third base for Boston.
Turner began his career with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets, but made a name for himself after joining the Dodgers in 2014. A fan favorite, Turner received MVP votes in three straight seasons from 2016-18 and won a World Series as one of the Dodgers. The longest serving players of 2020.
He made his most recent All-Star team in 2021 and rallied after a slow start before finishing last season slashing .278/.350/.438 with 13 home runs and 81 RBI. The Dodgers opted out of a $16 million option for 2023, but general manager Andrew Friedman described signing Turner to a new deal as a “priority” in November. The two sides apparently couldn’t come to terms, and Turner is now a member of the Red Sox.
Turner is the latest familiar face to leave the Dodgers in an offseason that saw two-time All Star Trea Turner and former NL MVP. Cody Bellinger signs with new teams. The Dodgers retained three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw on a one-year deal, but appeared to be shedding their commitment to Turner at a salary projected to be the fourth-highest in MLB next season. The Dodgers reportedly signed 35-year-old former Red Sox shortstop JD Martinez to a one-year contract on Saturday, a day before Turner left for Boston.