MLB Weekly Digest February 15th Edition: Los Angeles Dodgers Re-Sign Third Baseman Justin Turner to Two-Year Contract

MLB Weekly Digest February 15th Edition: Los Angeles Dodgers Re-Sign Third Baseman Justin Turner to Two-Year Contract

The last week in MLB was about a team in the National League re-signing a third baseman, an outfielder in the American League is traded, and a team will be without a critical member of their bullpen.

Los Angeles Dodgers Re-Sign Third Baseman Justin Turner to Two-Year Contract

The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed third baseman, Justin Turner.

The contract is worth $34 million over two years, including a club option for a third season and an $8-million signing bonus, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The agreement with Turner pushes the Dodgers luxury-tax payroll past $254 million, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Turner had a solid 2020 season with the Dodgers, as he posted a .307 batting average and .860 OPS in 42 games with nine doubles, four home runs, and 23 RBIs.

The third baseman has been very productive in his seven seasons with the Dodgers.

He has compiled a .302 average and .886 OPS with 116 home runs and 406 RBIs within that period.

The Dodgers bringing back Turner was logical as he has proven to be a reliable player for the team over the past several seasons.

Boston Red Sox Trade Outfielder Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City Royals in Three-Team Deal

The Boston Red Sox have traded outfielder Andrew Benintendi and cash considerations to the Kansas City Royals in a three-team deal involving the New York Mets, per a team announcement.

The Royals have sent outfield prospect Khalil Lee to the Mets in the deal and outfielder Franchy Cordero and two players to be named later to the Red Sox.

The Mets send right-handed pitcher Josh Winckowski and another player to be named later to the Red Sox, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Winckowski was recently acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Steven Matz deal.

The players to be named will not be selected until after the minor league season starts, per Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic.

Benintendi is coming off a tough 2020 campaign in which he posted just a .103 batting average in 14 games and was out most of the season due to a rib cage injury.

The Red Sox moving Benintendi might be surprising as he has accumulated a .273 average and .789 OPS in five seasons with the Red Sox.

However, the Red Sox probably decided to trade the outfielder because he was susceptible to striking out.

He averaged 119 strikeouts from 2017-20, and during that same timeframe, he averaged just 16 home runs and 82 RBIs.

The team was thinking it was best to get some value for him now.

New York Mets Reliever Seth Lugo Will Undergo Elbow Surgery to Remove Bone Spurs

The New York Mets will be without reliever Seth Lugo when the regular season begins.

He will undergo elbow surgery tomorrow to remove a loose body in his right elbow, per a team announcement.

Lugo will not throw for six weeks and then transitions into a throwing program.

Lugo’s loss is monumental for the Mets’ bullpen as he has been their best reliever the past several years.

Lugo provides the team with versatility as they utilize him in a variety of roles.

A silver lining is the injury happened before the regular season started, and, hopefully, he returns later in the year.

Author Profile

Chris Lacey
Chris is a 25-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter [email protected]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: