Justin Turner established himself as the Dodgers’ everyday third baseman in 2015. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
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Key stats: .294/.370/.491, 16 home runs, 60 RBIs in 126 games
Seinfeld episode: “The Pitch” (Season 4, Episode 3)
Kenley Jansen converted 36 of 38 save opportunities for the Dodgers in 2015. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers have agreed to terms with all four of their remaining arbitration-eligible players: infielder Justin Turner, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and pitchers Kenley Jansen and Luis Avilan. According to Jon Heyman, Turner will make $5.1 million, Grandal $2.8 million, Jansen $10.65 million and Avilan $1.39 million.
Friday was the deadline for teams to reach agreements with their arbitration-eligible players before each side proposed a 2016 salary figure. The Dodgers haven’t gone to arbitration with a player since pitcher Joe Beimel in 2007.
Jansen made $7.425 million in 2015, when he recorded 36 saves (seventh in the National League) despite missing the first month of the season. His 2016 salary is the second-highest ever for a closer in his final year of arbitration eligibility, trailing only Jonathan Papelbon’s $12 million salary with the Boston Red Sox in 2011.
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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday on his left knee to clean up loose bodies, the Dodgers announced, and catcher Yasmani Grandal will have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder AC joint Tuesday.
Both procedures will be performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and both players are expected to be ready for Spring Training.
Grandal batted .234 with a .353 on-base percentage this season. He collected only five hits — including the playoffs — after his left shoulder was injured on a foul tip during an early August road trip.
Turner slashed .294/.370/.491 in his first season as the Dodgers’ everyday third baseman. He played through a foul ball off his left knee late in the season, avoiding the disabled list entirely this year save for a skin infection. He did not take batting practice before games 3 or 4 of the National League Division Series.
Justin Turner was removed late in games 3 and 4 in New York for a defensive replacement. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expects that third baseman Justin Turner, who has a bone bruise on his left knee, will be able to start Game 5.
Turner was removed for a late-inning defensive replacement in Games 3 and 4 despite more than capable play at the plate and in the field.
“We felt comfortable with the lead” when Turner was removed in the eighth inning of Game 4, Mattingly said. “J.T.’s probably not getting another at-bat, and that’s kind of the decision process there.”
Turner is 7-for-15 with four doubles in the series. Each time he’s come out of a game, Jimmy Rollins played shortstop and Corey Seager moved from shortstop to third base.
“J.T. never comes to me and says ‘I have to come out,’ it’s always a conversation of medical checking on him throughout the game,” Mattingly said. “We’re really confident with Jimmy and Seager, and Seager being able to go from short to third. So defensively, we don’t feel like we’re hurt. We’re really comfortable being able to do that.”