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:
Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.
While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.
Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:
It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.
Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:
It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.