The Red Sox reached an agreement with senior infielder and designated hitter Justin Turner on Sunday, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the deal, which is for two years and US$22 million.
Turner got off to a slow start to the 2022 season, hitting just .168/.226/.242 with one home run in his first 26 games. While that production raised some questions surrounding the 37-year-old veteran, it quickly turned the tide.
In his last 102 games since May 10, Turner is hitting .306/.380/.488 with 12 home runs, 32 doubles and 68 RBI. That .868 OPS ranked him 13th among major leaguers during that span, behind Austin Riley and Pete Alonso and ahead of Carlos Correa and Nolan Arenado.
However, the Dodgers decided not to exercise the club’s $16 million option for 2022 and compensated him with $2 million.
In Boston, Turner will spend most of his time at shortstop or first baseman, as Rafael Devers will have the hot corner. The Red Sox found a replacement for JD Martinez, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers.