Unsuccessful contract renewal, Turner regrets but spares words “9 years with the Dodgers, I don’t want to dirty it”

January 25, 2023 0 Comments

Veteran infielder Justin Turner (39), who transferred to the Boston Red Sox, regretted the failure to renew his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but kept quiet. 

The US’LA Times’ reported on the 24th (Korean time) 메이저사이트 that Turner wanted to renew his contract with the Dodgers. After last year’s season, Turner, who became a free agent when the Dodgers did not exercise a team option for 2023 with a salary of $ 16 million, signed a 1-year guaranteed $ 15 million, 2-year up to $ 21.7 million contract with Boston, leaving the team for nine years. . 

Even when the Dodgers didn’t exercise their team option, Turner lowered his salary to hope for a reunion. However, there was a disagreement over the contract period, and the Dodgers signed a one-year, $10 million contract with veteran designated hitter JD Martinez (36), who was released as a free agent in Boston. It was effectively a breakup notice for Turner, and the next afternoon he decided to transfer to Boston. 

Turner made his first appearance in the Los Angeles area after becoming a Boston player through a charity event on the 23rd. “It’s still quite unfamiliar,” he said. “You must have heard how difficult free agency is for many people. There are things I want and think in my heart, but things don’t go as planned,” he said, revealing his regret at the failure to renew his contract with the Dodgers. 

But it was just there. “Nine years of my life as a Dodgers player in Los Angeles has been an incredible journey,” Turner said. That time doesn’t change. It doesn’t help anyone to go back (to the FA) and tell them what happened. He doesn’t want to tarnish in the slightest what he’s done for the Dodgers over the past nine years. “I’d rather celebrate nine years with the Dodgers than talk about what could have happened, should have happened, or shouldn’t have happened.” 

Turner, who made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009, moved to the New York Mets before joining the Dodgers in 2014. It was an unexpected minor league contract, but Turner, who was reborn as a starting third baseman for the Dodgers, had a prime time. Until last year, he played for the Dodgers with a batting average of 2.9, 6, 1088 hits, 156 home runs, 574 RBIs, and an OPS of .865 in 1075 games for 9 years, and signed two free agent multi-year contracts. 

In addition to his skills, he led the Dodgers clubhouse with his extraordinary leadership and was highly trusted by his colleagues. His continued volunteer work has also garnered support from the community. Although he is now a Boston player, he continued his activities in LA with the charity foundation he founded with his wife, Courtney, in the new year. On the day when the fundraising event was held for the charitable foundation, a large number of fans in Turner’s Dodgers uniforms attended LA Echo Park, signed autographs, and took pictures. Turner also thanked the Dodgers fans for the last time. 

Meanwhile, this year’s Dodgers and Boston game is scheduled for August 26-28 at Fenway Park. It seems that Turner’s visit to Dodger Stadium should promise the following.

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