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Nine years later, two All-Star selections and a World Series title later, Justin Turner’s tenure with the Dodgers appears to be coming to an end.

A month after declining the team option on his 2023 contract and becoming a free agent, the veteran outfielder has agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal with the Boston Red Sox with an opt-out next year, according to an agreement. multiple reports.

Once completed, it would mark the last notable departure this season for the Dodgers, who also saw Trey Turner, Cody Bellinger, Tyler Anderson and several other contributors from last season’s 111-win team depart in free agency.

Although Turner and Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman expressed interest in reuniting this winter, even after Turner’s $16 million option was declined after the season, Turner’s chances of returning to Los Angeles appeared to be diminishing in recent days.

The Dodgers had made a series of one-year signings that brought their payroll to about $210 million next season, approaching the $233 million luxury tax threshold, which Turner told 570 AM influenced his negotiations with the team.

The Dodgers’ latest signing on Saturday was J.J.

Even if Turner were to return to the Dodgers, his role would likely change.

One of the club’s top prospects, Miguel Vargas, appears poised to play regularly at third base. And after Turner split time between third and DH last year, it’s likely that more of his bullpen will end up as the latter next season.

What was unclear at the start of free agency was whether Turner would get the multiyear deal he was seeking after a productive 2022 campaign in which he batted .278 with 13 home runs and 81 RBI.

The Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly showed interest in him earlier this winter.

But the day before Martinez left Boston, the Red Sox turned to Turner, wooing the Lakewood native and Cal State Fullerton product from his hometown team with an offer the Dodgers always thought unlikely to match.


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