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Dodgers officially re-sign Justin Turner to four-year, $64 million deal

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Justin Turner is officially returning to the Dodgers in 2017. Per a team announcement, the third baseman inked a four-year, $64 million deal with the club earlier today. The Associated Press adds that the figure includes a $4 million signing bonus, with a $12 million salary in 2017, $11 million in 2018, $18 million in 2019 and $20 million in 2020.

Turner provided immense value to the Dodgers over the last three years, batting a cumulative .296/.364/.492 line and racking up 12.9 fWAR. In 2016, he delivered a .275/.339/.493 line with a career-best 27 home runs and 90 RBI in 622 PA. Defensively, FanGraphs ranked Turner just below Adrian Beltre as the second-most valuable third baseman in the majors, producing 16.2 Defensive Runs Above Average (Def) despite putting up just seven Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) during his 2016 run.

The deal was reportedly finalized on December 13, when the two sides were said to be nearing an agreement shortly after the conclusion of the Winter Meetings. Turner issued the following statement after the deal was announced:

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.