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Boston Red Sox officially sign Justin Turner

Oct 11, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) at a press conference before game one of the NLDS of the 2022 MLB Playoffs against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox officially announced the signing of infielder Justin Turner on Friday to a one-year contract with a player option for 2024.

The team did not disclose financial details, but multiple reports last month pegged the deal’s value at about $22 million.

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a $16 million club option for Turner for the 2023 season but declined it and paid him a $2 million buyout.

With Rafael Devers entrenched at third base, Turner, 38, likely will serve as Boston’s designated hitter and replace J.D. Martinez, who signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers on Dec. 29.

A two-time All-Star, Turner hit .278 with 13 home runs and 81 RBIs in 128 games in 2022. Over nine seasons with the Dodgers, he hit .296 with 156 homers and 574 RBIs and was an integral part of their 2020 World Series championship. He hit .320 in the Fall Classic that year.

Turner has batted .289 with 164 homers and 663 RBIs in 14 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (2009-10), New York Mets (2010-13) and Dodgers (2014-22).

–Field Level Media