Hey, good for Justin Turner. Dude was an average at best player for four years with the Mets, signed as a free agent with the Dodgers in 2014, and then got an opportunity to become an everyday player at the major league level in LA. In 109 games that first year, Turner hit .340 with an .897 OPS, but had a career year this past season when he set career highs with 34 doubles, 3 triples, 27 home runs, 90 RBI, and tied his career high with a .493 slugging percentage, earning him a ninth place finish for the National League MVP award. That performance also netted him a four-year, $64 million contract to return to the Dodgers, the team that really gave him his first chance to break through as a major leaguer.
And how do you celebrate earning your first big contract that’s going to pay you an average annual value that’s higher than your entire career earnings prior to signing that deal? Sipping champagne on a beach in Aruba with your smokeshow (former LA Kings ice girl) girlfriend. Justin Turner, just a man living the American dream.