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Dodgers Offseason: At Least One Person is Happy About the Justin Turner News

This weekend was a bummer for L.A. fans. Justin Turner, who grew up rooting for the Dodgers and spent the last nine seasons knocking the ball all over Dodger Stadium, signed a two-year deal to play with the Red Sox after Los Angeles signed JD Martinez to be their primary designated hitter.

It has to be a bittersweet time for Turner, too, as he has loved playing for the Dodgers but now gets a very nice contract to go play pepper off the Green Monster at Fenway Park. But one person it’s not bitter for at all, just sweet, is JT’s former teammate who is now his teammate once again, Kiké Hernandez.

Waiting for JT in Boston are four of his former teammates, including Hernandez, Chris Martin, Alex Verdugo, and Kenley Jansen. It’s the second time in the last six years Jansen and Turner signed with the same team in the same offseason — back in 2016, they decided together at Jansen’s wedding to both come back to the Dodgers.

Kiké and JT were teammates for six years in L.A., with Hernandez coming over in the Dee Gordon trade a year after Turner signed with the Dodgers. Together, they won six NL West titles and the 2020 World Series, after which Hernandez departed for Boston.

We wish JT was still with us in Los Angeles, but it makes us feel a little bit better that he’s among friends in Boston.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


    1. Welcome ? yea we’re excited too always liked him as a player and always happy. Hopefully he’ll do damage on the green monster or over!!! And kike and JT reunion. Love kike too.

  1. Thank you,JT for all them wonderful memories you gave us . And good luck on your next journey.

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