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:
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.