Dodgers turn down Justin Turner’s $16 million option

Beth Harris, The Associated Press

The Los Angeles Dodgers have declined the $16 million option given to Justin Turner.

The team also announced Thursday that it has made qualifying offers to shortstop Trea Turner and left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson.

For a second year in a row, Clayton Kershaw did not receive a qualifying offer. The southpaw will have extra time to think about his future rather than making a decision early in the free agent market. The Dodgers did the same thing last year and Kershaw finally signed a one-year contract.

Justin Turner will receive $2 million for his buyout. The 37-year-old third baseman could still sign a contract with the Dodgers, but probably at less than $16 million.

Turner has batted .278 with 13 homers and 81 RBIs in 128 games this season. After the All-Star Game break, he batted .340 before going for just two hits for 13 at home in the National Divisional Series, in which the Dodgers were eliminated.

Turner was named the National Championship Series Most Valuable Player in 2017 and was an All-Star selection in 2017 and 2021. He helped the Dodgers win the World Series in 2020.

Earlier in November, Turner received the Roberto Clemente Trophy, which honors Major League players for their philanthropic efforts.

Anderson claimed a 15-5 record and a 2.57 ERA in 30 appearances on the mound in 2022, including 28 starts. The 32-year-old pitcher struck out 138 opponents and walked 34.

The Dodgers had previously turned down the 2023 options of infielder Hanser Alberto and right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson.


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