There was a reason for giving up ‘8.9 billion’… Abandoned by LAD, Resurrected in BOS! Turner signs a one-year, 17.3 billion contract with TOR

“Turner Time” Justin Turner, a former teammate of “Korean Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin and well-known among Korean baseball fans, will be able to play in the Major League until the age of 40. Turner will head to the Toronto Blue Jays, where Ryu Hyun-jin worked until last year.

John Morossi of the U.S. Major League Baseball Network said on the 30th (Korea time) that the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed with Justin Turner on a one-year salary of 13 million dollars and incentives of 1.5 million dollars. The size of the contract is equivalent to a maximum of 14.5 million dollars per year.마카오토토주소

Turner was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 204th overall order in the seventh round of the 2006 MLB Rookie Draft. He also made his first big league appearance with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009. Turner was traded to the New York Mets in the 2009-2010 season while playing only 17 games for Baltimore, and began to stand out in the 2011 season.

Turner, who played in only 21 games in the Major League in the 2009-2010 season, began to hint at potential by appearing in 117 games with the Mets in 2011, recording 114 hits, four homers, 51 RBIs, 49 runs batted in, and a .260 OPS 0.690. Over the years, his performance began to improve noticeably, and Turner changed his uniform through trade once again before the 2014 season. The destination was the Los Angeles Dodgers, where Turner’s heyday was.

Turner’s full-fledged potential began to explode as he played 109 games in the first season of his transfer, leaving 98 hits, seven homers, 43 RBIs, 46 runs, and a batting average of 0.340 OPS 0.897. And he hit his first double-digit home run in the 2015 season, drawing 16 arches, and continued his record for eight consecutive years until the 2023 season, except in 2020, when the shortened season was held due to COVID-19. In particular, he spent the 2017 season with 147 hits, 21 homers, 71 RBIs, 72 runs, and a batting average of 0.322 OPS 0.945 and was named the MVP of the National League Championship Series.

Turner remained strong even in his mid-30s. Turner showed off his batting performance with a .307 OPS of .860 in 42 games of the 2020 season when he was 35, which helped the Dodgers lift the World Series trophy. And after leaving 130 hits, 13 homers and 81 RBIs in 128 games of the 2022 season, he moved to the Boston Red Sox.

Turner didn’t have a very sluggish season at the time. However, the Dodgers rejected Turner’s $16 million option for the 2023 season, and Turner will join the Boston Red Sox through his eligibility as an FA. Turner made a comeback with 154 hits, 23 homers, 96 RBIs, and a 0.276 OPS of 0.800 in 146 games last year, giving up 6.7 million dollars and taking on a new challenge to become an FA.

Turner, who played in 1,539 games during his 15 seasons in the Major League, recorded 1,461 hits, 187 homers, 759 RBIs, 738 runs and a batting average of 0.288 OPS and was selected as two All-Stars (2017, 2021) and one National League Champions Series MVP (2017), received attention from clubs who were aiming to strengthen their “attack power,” and has come into contact with Toronto. In particular, despite being 39, he has a large contract worth up to $14.5 million in terms of “real” the bat.

“Turner, 39, is Toronto’s most aggressive recruit so far,” said Ben Nicholson-Smith of Canada’s SportsNet. “He can play as a third baseman, first baseman and designated hitter depending on the situation.” Turner played in 98 games as a designated hitter, 35 games as a first baseman, seven as a third baseman and four as a second baseman last year. Despite his advanced age, his biggest advantage is that he can play all infield positions except shortstop.

Toronto strengthened its offense through Turner’s recruitment, and it was able to fill the gap of Matt Chapman, who became an FA at the end of the 2023 season, reducing concerns about defense. “As Turner headed to Toronto, Matt Chapman’s future became clearer,” said John Morosi of “MLB Network,” adding, “The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants are one of the points where Chapman can land.”

Turner and Toronto’s contract has not been officially signed since they are in the process of signing contracts. However, unless there are any special problems found in the medical test, an official announcement is expected soon. Ryu’s former teammate will head to Toronto, where the Korean Monster worked until last year.

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