Report: Dodgers Sign Justin Turner. Finally.

I feel like we’ve been talking about Justin Turner for so long — months, if we’re including the old MSTI — that the fact that news just came out that they have in fact signed him seems more anti-climactic than anything. This seemed pretty obvious a few days ago, when the Dodgers let loose that a signing of an infielder was imminent, that there was just about no one available, and that Turner and his wife have strong ties to the Los Angeles area.

So a quick reminder in case you’re not already familiar with him: Turner turned 29 in November and has played in parts of five years in the bigs, almost entirely with the Mets after a brief debut in Baltimore. He’s a decent if unexciting hitter, with a career .260/.323/.361 line that’s good for a 93 wRC+, so just below average, and while he’s primarily a second baseman (88 starts), he’s also played third (50), short (21), and first (9). Unfortunately, he doesn’t rank as better than average at any of them.

Still, on a minor league deal — which hasn’t been confirmed (update: has been confirmed), but seems like a safe bet — Turner seems like a perfectly adequate utility guy to throw into the mix. It’s not like you don’t know enough about the uncertainty at second base, so the more the merrier, and at the moment, the only other option to backup third base is Chone Figgins, so Turner will get his chance.

Or he’ll play in Albuquerque. Whichever, really. At this point, getting a guy who might not kill you is all you can hope for. So, finally, welcome aboard, Justin.


Mike

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209 comments
Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

So this was the bench signing that Colletti referred to during Fan Fest. Now the question is who's the international player the Dodgers are signing?

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

Keep in mind, the Dodgers are likely to have TWO infielders on the bench on the 25-man roster.  So it will probably turn out to be Turner AND one of Sellers/Gordon/Figgins/Harris.

TheReggieHurley
TheReggieHurley

@nsxtasy  hmmm like everyone has said before, punto and ellis looks pretty darn nice rite now. Although at the end of the season it sure seemed like we were all glad to see them go. 

JackEdNate
JackEdNate

@TheReggieHurley @JackedNate @nsxtasy  I was thinking to let Ellis walk, sign AGuerrero and resign Punto and a couple other utility guys. Instead we lost Hairston, Punto, Ellis, and Schumaker. While only adding AG and now turner.

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

Great call on this one, mike!! And I said the same thing when we signed figgy (finally)...

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Aw man, Curt Schilling has cancer.

The Monocle
The Monocle

Did the MSTI wiki get converted or are we simply starting a new one for the new digs?

efb
efb

i want daniel's post 

efb
efb

post isn't slang for anything right?