Justin Turner’s time in Los Angeles has come to an end.
According to ESPN staff writer Joon Lee, JT will sign with the Boston Red Sox for a two-year $22 million deal.
Third baseman Justin Turner and the Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a contract, sources tell me and @JeffPassan
Turner, 38, is expected to spend most of his time at designated hitter or first base, with Rafael Devers at third. Turner had been a Dodger for the last nine years
— Joon Lee (@joonlee) December 18, 2022
Justin Turner's deal with the Boston Red Sox is for two years and just shy of $22 million, and it includes an opt-out after the first season, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/9kAFqqX6ay
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 18, 2022
The addition of J.D. Martinez on Saturday night made it evident that they’ll be moving on from Turner.
Turner spent a lot of his time at the D.H. spot, 62 games to be exact, while he played in 66 games at third base in 2022. With the addition of J.D. Martinez, who spent all of his 139 games at D.H. in 2022, it was only a matter of time before Justin moved on.
Martinez signed a one-year deal worth $10 million. He was an All-Star in 2022 and batted .274 in 533 ABs.
Turner is 37 years old and can no longer handle the everyday grind at third base anymore. Justin struggled in the past couple of postseasons for the Dodgers, while J.D. has a postseason OPS of .987 in 109 ABs.
The redhead will join former Dodgers Kike Hernandez and Kenley Jansen in Beantown, who inked himself a new deal with the Red Sox this offseason.
A ‘Thank You’ will never be enough for what Justin Turner has done for the Dodgers organization and the city of Los Angeles.
Although he didn’t start his career with L.A., he thrived so much in this city and was crucial to building what they were trying to accomplish.
We will miss JT, and he will be severely missed.
Thank you for everything, 10. Good luck.
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