Justin Turner will remain a Dodger until he’s 35 under the terms of a four-year, $64 million contract pending a physical. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers and third baseman Justin Turner
have agreed on the terms of a four-year, $64 million contract. Previous reports Sunday and Monday indicated
the two sides were close; the deal is now pending a physical.
The Jansen and Turner agreements would mean the Dodgers went 3 for 3 in their top offseason priorities by re-signing Rich Hill and closer Kenley Jansen as well – an unexpected but highly successful outcome to the winter regardless of how they work out their remaining issues at second base and in the bullpen. It also would mean a combined total of $192 million in new salary commitments for a team hoping to bring payroll down. That payroll is expected to be in the neighborhood of $250 million next season, well over the luxury-tax threshold for a fifth consecutive season.
The Dodgers will need to clear one spot on their 40-man roster for Turner and Jansen, who agreed to terms on a five-year, $80 million contract Monday.
Rich Hill went 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts for the Dodgers and A’s in 2016. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers have re-signed pitcher Rich Hill
to a three-year, $48 million contract.
According to the Associated Press, Hill received a $2 million signing bonus plus $12 million in 2017, $16 million in 2018 and $18 million in 2019, when he turns 39 years old.
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Justin Turner and Chase Utley became free agents on Thursday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner are free agents as of today, along with seven other Dodgers whose contracts expired the day after the World Series: Rich Hill, Joe Blanton, Chase Utley, Josh Reddick, J.P. Howell, Brett Anderson and Jesse Chavez.
A total of 139 players became free agents around MLB. That does not include Dodgers catcher Carlos Ruiz; the club has until Monday to exercise his 2017 contract option.
Colleague Bill Plunkett has the details.
Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs in the first inning of the Dodgers’ season-ending, 5-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday. (Getty Images)
CHICAGO — The Dodgers’ season ended at the hands of the Chicago Cubs in a deflating 5-0 loss. The box score is here.
Kyle Hendricks was masterful, writes columnist Mark Whicker. The Dodgers’ bats never came around in the National League Championship Series.
Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill understands the longstanding frustration among a patient Cubs fan base.
Here’s what Dave Roberts said in his final postgame press conference of 2016:
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Jake Arrieta in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers extended their streak of scoreless innings pitched to 18, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-0 to take a two-games-to-one lead in the National League Championship Series.
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
It only took two guys — Corey Seager and Yasmani Grandal — but the Dodgers finally got to Jake Arrieta, writes columnist Jeff Miller.
Grandal at last added some offense to complement his defense, hitting a two-run home run off Arrieta.
Rich Hill got through six shutout innings for the Dodgers, which is no small accomplishment in these playoffs, as columnist Mark Whicker points out.
The Cubs aren’t panicking despite their lack of offense.
Game 4 is a matchup of 37-year-old John Lackey and 20-year-old Julio Urias. Lackey was once a rookie hero for the Angels. Urias has the requisite poise to do the same for the Dodgers.