The Dodgers have agreed to a 4-year, $64 million deal with third baseman Justin Turner, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The deal comes a day after the Dodgers agreed to bring back closer Kenley Jansen on a 5-year, $80 million contract.
Los Angeles has always been the favorite to re-sign Turner, who is a top free agent in a year in which not many teams have openings at third base. He has drawn at least some interest from the Angels and Cardinals, though the Dodgers have been the best fit from the onset of free agency.
Turner, 32, hit .275/.339/.493 with 27 homers and 90 RBI in 151 games for the Dodgers last season, his third with the club. He has established himself as one of the best third basemen in the game since joining the Dodgers after being surprisingly non-tendered by the Mets after the 2013 season.
A reunion with Turner would be the third key reunion for the Dodgers this winter, as the club already re-signed lefty Rich Hill (3 years, $48 million) and Jansen (5 years, $80 million) this winter. Los Angeles’ $192 million expenditure on its own free agents was expected, as it was expected president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was looking to keep the club’s core together.