5:26 p.m: Turner will earn $14MM in 2023, Hyman ReportsAnd the 2024 player’s choice price is 8 mm.

4:54 p.m: The Red Sox have reached an agreement with an infielder Justin TurnerAccording to ESPN’s John Lee and Jeff Passan (Twitter links). The two-year contract will pay Turner less than $22 million, and Turner can opt out of the deal after the 2023 season. The New York Post’s Jon Heyman (Twitter Links) reported earlier today that Turner and the Sox were “looking closely” at working out a contract, and that Boston was “very” interested in Turner. Michael Marino of Fantax reported Turner and the Sox were in talks yesterday. Turner is repped by Vayner Sports.

The Marlins, Diamondbacks, Twins, and Dodgers are the other teams officially known to have some interest in Turner, and Miami also committed Turner. Discount earlier this week. Barry Jackson and the Miami Herald’s Craig Misch described the Marlins’ offer as “competitive,” and although the exact details of the offer are not known. Heyman wrote The Marlins seemed open to giving Toner the multiyear deal he wanted in free agency.

Turner (who is entering his 38th year) got that multi-year deal, although the average annual value was a significant decrease from the $17 million he earned in his two-year deal with the Dodgers. MLBTR Planned Turner only guaranteed for one year, but at $14MM. The year-to-year breakdown of the new deal has yet to be determined, and the opt-out could indicate that Turner’s camp could view this deal as a one-year deal as he pursues a larger multi-year deal. Next on the heels of a big stage year at Fenway Park.

That said, it’s not as if Turner is underachieving in 2022, as he posted a solid 123 wRC+ after hitting .278/.350/.438 with 13 homers in 532 plate appearances with the Dodgers. However, given how Turner’s regular season was thrown out of range by the lockout and the shortened spring training, one might think he could have hit better if he hadn’t been so slow. Turner had just a .611 OPS over his first 243 PA of the year, but caught fire with a 940 OPS over his final 289 PA.

Despite this production and Turner’s long track record of success in nine seasons in Los Angeles, the Dodgers chose him. to reject Buying him out for $2MM in 2023 instead of their $16MM club option for 2023. The move was apparently made to give the Dodgers some more flexibility in regards to their salary and luxury tax situation. Max Muncy, Chris Tayloror hope Michael Vargas According to the third. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has repeatedly said the door is still open to a deal with Turner. Signing of JD Martinez Yesterday seemed to indicate that LA continued.

As it turns out, the Dodgers and Red Sox will officially trade veterans, with Martinez coming to Los Angeles and Turner to Boston. Turner brings more defensive utility than Martinez, as Turner still saw little action at third last season, essentially splitting time between third and DH. Raphael Devers He certainly has priority at the hot corner in Boston, but the Red Sox could use Turner at third now that Devers (infielder) is given his own DH day. Turner hasn’t played first base since 2016, but he could get some time as a right-handed starter’s complement at the cold corner. Tristan Houses.

Xander BogaertsHis move to the Padres caused a lot of hard feelings from Red Sox Nation to ownership and Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Blue. Although Bogaerts is certainly a big loss, as Bloom is, Bloom’s plan is to fill the void with more players. he said. He wanted to add approximately 7-9 new faces to the roster. That long list of needs is now partially filled by Turner. Masataka Yoshidaand reliefs Kenley Jansen, Chris MartinAnd Joel Rodriguez.

Starting, catching and pitching seem to remain on Blue’s checklist this summer, at least in terms of the other players the Red Sox have checked off. But with Turner, the club will solidify the corner infield/DH mix Boston initially looked to push. Jose AbreuBefore he signed with the Astros. The Red Sox designed and built some room at first base Eric Hosmer With Hosmer up for assignment earlier this week, and the Padres covering his entire remaining salary even though Hosmer was essentially a free agent, the Sox were looking for a more effective bat, or at least a way for their top prospect, Casas. .

In the year After passing the luxury tax threshold in 2022, the Red Sox are so far. Well under $233mm threshold. That would give Bloom some chance of staying under the tax line, though given that Bloom and the franchise were willing to pay the tax for a long shot last year, one can assume the Red Sox won’t be clamoring. Paying another tax penalty for the right uplift. Many of the season’s top free agents are already off the board, but the Sox could still pursue other upgrades on the trade market.

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