Justin Turner, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 9 years, now wears a Boston Red Sox uniform.
Boston said on the official website on the 7th (Korean time), “The club has agreed to a one-year contract with Turner. The contract includes a player option for the 2024 season.”
According to ‘MLB Network’ John Heyman columnist, the contract is worth $8.3 million for the 2023 season, and an additional amount is paid depending on the at-bat. The player option for the 2024 season is $13.4 million, and a buyout of 6.7 million is given if he leaves Boston.
Turner made his big league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009, but had a long stint with the Dodgers, and became widely known to fans while he was in his prime.
He recorded a career batting average of 0.289, 164 homers, 663 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.832 in 14 seasons, and won two All-Stars and the 2020 World Series championship ring. After the season, he became a free agent, and the Dodgers also offered him, but he chose Boston and parted ways.
In an interview held via video call that day, Turner said, “I am delighted to be joining Boston. Currently in Boston, there are many teammates who were with the Dodgers. I am happy to join this clubhouse and excited to be with a group with so much potential. The goal is to win the World Series.”토토사이트
Currently, there are many players on the Boston roster that Turner used to work with, such as Alex Verdugo, Kike Hernandez, Kenley Jansen, and Chris Martin, so it seems that there will be no major problems adapting to Boston.
“It’s amazing to play with Rafael Devers,” Turner said. I watched him mostly on TV from afar, but I think he’s one of the really talented players. He is very lucky to be with and to see him.”
Turner, who joined Boston, is expected to play mostly as a designated hitter and switch back and forth between the team’s weak point, first base, and his main position, third base.