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:
Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers have put together a trade offer for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. He describes the club’s interest in Yelich as “strong,” and notes that other teams remain in the mix.
Yelich’s relationship with the Marlins was recently described by his agent as “irretrievably broken” following the trades of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon. His agent said Yelich “needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win.” Understandably, teams have been calling the Marlins asking about him.
The 26-year-old hit .282/.369/.439 with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances last season. He’s in the fourth year of a seven-year, $49.57 million contract of which $44.5 million remains. Given how slow the free agent market has been this offseason, it’s difficult to say exactly what he would get if he were to hit the open market, but it is safe to say that his current contract is very much a bargain for his team, which only makes him even more attractive to inquiring teams.
The Brewers are an interesting team to get involved in the Yelich sweepstakes. Their outfield already has three capable players in Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, and Keon Broxton. Yelich would still be an upgrade, but the Brewers’ resources may be better spent in other areas like the starting rotation.
Given Yelich’s displeasure and Jeter’s insistence on stripping the Marlins bare — including, potentially, the iconic home run sculpture — it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see a trade happen.