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:

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.