Dodgers, Justin Turner reportedly closing in on a four-year deal

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Buster Olney reports that the Dodgers and free agent third baseman Justin Turner “have been talking about a four-year deal.” This on the heels of various reports over the weekend that the parties are close.

Turner would be really, really hard for the Dodgers to replace. He hit .275/.339/.493 with 27 homers and 90 RBI in 2016. In three years with the Dodgers he has hit .296/.364/.492 with 50 homers and 193 RBI. His rate stats have declined in each of the past three seasons, but he’s still among the best third basemen in the league, both offensively and defensively. He’s also a leader in the Dodgers’ clubhouse.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.