18:01Alex Speier of The Boston Globe has other contract numbers. report that Turner will receive just $8.3 million in 2023 and $11.4 million in 2024 if he exercises the player option. Unless a signing bonus or buyout is attached to the deal, Speyer’s report shows Turner only gets $19.7 million in guaranteed salary. The $8.3 million figure in 2023 in particular seems like a very good deal for the Red Sox, which could end up being a one-year commitment for the 38-year-old.
5:26 p.mTurner will make $14 million in 2023, Heyman reportsand the 2024 player version costs $8mm.
4:54 p.mThe Red Sox have reached an agreement with the infielder Justin Turneraccording to ESPN’s June Lee and Jeff Pasan (Twitter: links). The two-year contract will pay Turner just under $22 million, and Turner can opt out of the deal after the 2023 season. Jon Heyman of the New York Post (Twitter: linksreported earlier today that Turner and the Sox were “close” to working out a deal and that Boston was “heavily” pursuing Turner. Michael Marino of Fantrax reports Turner and the Sox were in talks yesterday. Turner is represented by Vayner Sports.
The Marlins, Diamondbacks, Twins and Dodgers are the other teams publicly known to have some interest in Turner, and Miami offered Turner earlier this week. Barry Jackson and Craig Misch of the Miami Herald described the Marlins’ offer as “competitive”, and while the exact details of the offer were not known, Heyman wrote that the Marlins appeared willing to give Turner the multi-year contract he was seeking. in free agency.
Turner (who is entering his age-38 season) did earn that multi-year deal, though the average annual value was a significant drop from the $17 million he received in his previous two-year deal with the Dodgers. MLBTR was slated by Turner for only one guaranteed year, but at $14MM. The year-to-year breakdown of the new contract is not yet known, and the waiver could indicate that Turner’s camp may essentially be looking at this deal as a one-year deal in exchange for a larger multi-year deal. next on the heels of a big platform year at Fenway Park.
That said, Turner has been an underachiever in 2022 as he has posted a strong 123 wRC+ after hitting .278/.350/.438 with 13 homers over 532 plate appearances with the Dodgers. However, considering how impromptu Turner’s usual offseason routine has been — the lockout and shortened spring training — it’s conceivable he could have hit much better if not for a very slow start. Turner had just a .611 OPS over his first 243 PA of the year, but then caught fire with a .940 OPS over his final 289 PA.
Despite this production and Turner’s long record of success over nine seasons in Los Angeles, the Dodgers opted to decline the $16 million club option on Turner in 2023, buying him out for $2 million instead. The move appears to have been made to give the Dodgers more flexibility with their salary and luxury tax situation than the Dodgers could use. Max Muncy, Chris Tayloror perspective Miguel Vargas at third base. While president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has repeatedly said the door is still open to a possible reunion with Turner, the Dodgers signed JD Martinez yesterday seemed to suggest that L.A. has moved on.
As it turns out, the Dodgers and Red Sox will unofficially trade veteran hitters, with Martinez headed to Los Angeles and Turner to Boston. Turner brings more defensive utility than Martinez, as Turner still saw a fair amount of action at third base last season, mostly splitting his time between third and DH. Raphael Devers Of course, Boston’s hot corner has priority, but the Red Sox can now use Turner at third base when Devers (a sober outfielder) is given a DH day. Turner hasn’t played first base since 2016, but he could also get some time at the cold corner as a right-handed hitting rookie. Triston Casas.
Xander BogaertsThe departure to the Padres led to a lot of hard feelings from Red Sox Nation toward Ownership and Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom. While Bogaerts is certainly a big loss, Bloom’s plan is to fill the void with several players, as Bloom stated that he wanted to add about 7-9 new faces to the roster. That long list of needs is now partially filled by Turner, Masataka Yoshidaand tranquilizers Kenley Jansen, Chris Martinand: Joel Rodriguez.
It looks like starting pitching, catching, and pitching remain on Bloom’s checklist, given the other players the Red Sox have at least checked this winter. But with Turner, the club solidifies the corner outfield/DH mix that Boston initially looked to solve by making a push. Jose Abreu, before Abreu signed with the Astros. The Red Sox opened up some room at first base by drafting Eric Hosmer to be designated for assignment earlier this week, and while Hosmer was essentially a free agent with the Padres covering nearly all of his remaining salary, the Sox were looking for either a more effective bat or at least a more solid leadoff leadoff hitter. For Casas. .
After breaking the luxury tax cap in 2022, the Red Sox are now $233 million over the cap. That gives Bloom some room to stay under the tax line, though given how Bloom and ownership were willing to pay the tax for even a long shot at a playoff spot last year, one would imagine the Red Sox wouldn’t turn it down. paying another tax penalty for the top right. Many of the offseason’s top free agents are already off the board, but the Sox can still make other upgrades on the trade market.
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