Justin Turner wanted to return to Dodgers, but plan changed


Within the weeks following his signing with the Boston Crimson Sox final month, Justin Turner began receiving presumptuous items of mail to his Southland residence.“We had like six or seven letters in our mailbox from realtors saying, ‘Hey, we need to promote your own home,’” Turner recalled with amusing. “It was like, whoa, nobody mentioned we’re boxing up and leaving.”However after a clumsy finish to his memorable nine-year tenure with the Dodgers this winter, the Southern California native nonetheless was adjusting to the actual fact Los Angeles is now not his skilled residence.“It’s nonetheless pretty contemporary,” Turner mentioned throughout a charity occasion Sunday, his first public look in L.A. since finalizing his two-year, $22-million contract with the Crimson Sox.“You hear that from a variety of guys, how robust free company is,” he added. “I feel everybody has this image of their thoughts of what they need or how they assume it’s gonna go. It simply by no means actually goes in keeping with plan.”Certainly, staying with the Dodgers had been Plan A for Turner getting into the offseason.Despite the fact that the membership declined his $16-million possibility for 2023, the 38-year-old publicly said his want to work out a brand new deal. Having twice negotiated free-agent contracts to stay with the workforce, he held out hope the edges may hammer out one other reunion.That chance pale throughout a two-day stretch earlier than the vacations.After failing to bridge the hole with Turner, who was searching for multiyear affords after batting .278 with 13 residence runs and 81 RBIs final season, the Dodgers as an alternative signed J.D. Martinez to a one-year, $10-million contract on Dec. 17 — successfully discovering a less expensive possibility to switch Turner’s veteran right-handed bat in a predominantly designated hitting function.The subsequent afternoon, information broke that Turner and the Crimson Sox — Martinez’s previous workforce — agreed to their two-year pact, which features a participant possibility for 2024.For Turner, the next month has been filled with conflicting feelings. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner celebrates with teammates within the dugout after hitting a two-run residence run in opposition to the Philadelphia Phillies in Could.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Occasions) He’s longing for his alternative in Boston, the place he was recruited by different former Dodgers (Kiké Hernández chief amongst them) in addition to New England Patriots coach Invoice Belichick, who texted Turner to extol Boston’s tradition as a sports activities city.Turner is also joyful to be with one other storied franchise and joked throughout an introductory press convention this month that he’s wanting ahead to seeing would-be fly outs flip into doubles off the Inexperienced Monster in Fenway Park.“I’m simply excited to be a part of their group,” Turner reiterated Sunday.On the identical time, Turner nonetheless appeared to be digesting his departure from the Dodgers. He struck a diplomatic tone whereas discussing his negotiations with the workforce.“I don’t assume something’s gonna take away from the 9 years that I had in L.A. as a Dodger,” he mentioned. “It was a completely unbelievable journey.”Nonetheless, he deflected when pressed additional on whether or not he was stunned he and the membership couldn’t attain a brand new settlement.“I don’t assume it does anybody any good to return and speculate as to what occurred,” he mentioned. “I don’t need something to blow again or taint the final 9 years that I had and every little thing we completed.”He later added: “I’d slightly have fun the 9 years than speak about possibly what may have been or ought to have been or didn’t occur.”Turner spoke Sunday from the Dream Middle in Echo Park, the place the inspiration he began along with his spouse, Kourtney, was internet hosting a fundraiser to have fun “Justin Turner Day” — which the Los Angeles Metropolis Council acknowledged as Jan. 22 in 2019 to honor Turner’s work in the neighborhood.Although Turner is now not a member of the group, Dodgers followers nonetheless made up the overwhelming majority of the greater than 1,000 individuals who had been anticipated to be in attendance.Many wore blue shirts and No. 10 jerseys (there was at the very least one Crimson Sox hat within the crowd, although it was donned by a girl additionally sporting one in all Turner’s Dodgers uniforms). Dozens lined up for autographs, photographs and an opportunity to thank the workforce’s longtime third baseman.And whilst Turner ready to start a brand new chapter, they nonetheless handled the red-haired Lakewood native like a franchise icon.“This can be a good strategy to put a bow tie on every little thing,” Turner mentioned, gazing out on the crowd, “and say thanks to L.A. one final time.”