What an offseason, Dodgers fans.
After signing the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner to join an already stacked rotation, there was only one move left to make. And as of Saturday evening at 5:37 PM, the heart and soul of the Dodgers announced that he was here to stay.
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) February 14, 2021
Bringing back Justin Turner was on the to-do list from the day after the World Series ended, but it was always going to rely on a few different factors. Not only was turner looking for a multi-year deal as his time in the majors starts to dwindle down, he also deserved to be paid well after his performance the past few seasons. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Turner got both.
Justin Turner deal with Dodgers, per source: Two years, $34M, with club option for third season. Includes $8M signing bonus.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 14, 2021
While the deal may not be for 4 years like Turner was originally looking for, the contract does give him a slight pay raise while also giving him the stability of a multi-year deal. The club option for a third year would pay him an additional $14 million, raising the total contract to $48 million over three years. Assuming that Justin continues to produce, he could potentially return for his third year before calling it a career and retiring a Dodger. Bringing back Turner ensures that the Dodgers keep their clubhouse leader as they look to go back to the Fall Classic for the fourth time in 5 seasons.