Justin Turner, Dodgers fi­nal­ize $64m con­tract

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Third base­man Justin Turner and the Los An­ge­les Dodgers have fi­nal­ized their $64 mil­lion, fouryear con­tract. Turner gets a $4 mil­lion sign­ing bonus, payable Dec. 31, un­der the agree­ment com­pleted Fri­day, and salaries of $12 mil­lion next year, $11 mil­lion in 2018, $18 mil­lion in 2019 and $19 mil­lion in 2020.

He would get a $1 mil­lion as­sign­ment bonus each time he is traded. Los An­ge­les also has a pend­ing $80 mil­lion, five-year agree­ment with closer Ken­ley Jansen. The deals raise the Dodgers’ pro­jected lux­ury tax pay­roll to $230 mil­lion next year, in line for a tax of about $19 mil­lion.

The 32-year-old Turner spent two sea­sons with Bal­ti­more and four with the New York Mets, then be­came a free agent when the Mets failed to of­fer a 2014 con­tract. He signed a $1 mil­lion, one-year deal with the Dodgers, hit .340 in 109 games, and took over as the start­ing third base­man. Turner hit .275 with 27 homers and 90 RBIs this year, bat­ted .400 with five RBIs in the Divi­sion Se­ries against Wash­ing­ton, then .200 with three RBIs in the League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries loss to the Chicago Cubs. He failed to ac­cept the Dodgers’ $17.2 mil­lion qual­i­fy­ing of­fer. At the win­ter meetings, the Dodgers an­nounced a $48 mil­lion, three­year con­tract with left-han­der Rich Hill, ac­quired from Oak­land at the trade deadline Aug. 1. —AP

LOS AN­GE­LES: In this Sept. 5, 2016, file photo, Los An­ge­les Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his solo home run dur­ing the fifth in­ning of a base­ball game against the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs in Los An­ge­les. Turner and the Dodgers have fi­nal­ized their $64 mil­lion, four-year con­tract. — AP

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