Dodgers decline Justin Turner option, don’t extend qualifying offer to Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers decline Justin Turner option, don’t extend qualifying offer to Clayton Kershaw

The Los Angeles Dodgers have declined their $16 million option on two-time All-Star Justin Turner.

The team also said Thursday it extended qualifying offers to two All-Stars, shortstop Trea Turner and left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson.

Also not receiving a qualifying offer for the second straight year was Clayton Kershaw. As a result, the left-hander will have additional time to consider his future rather than make a decision at the beginning of free agency. The Dodgers did the same thing last year and Kershaw signed a one-year deal.

Justin Turner, 37, will receive a $2 million buyout. The third baseman could still re-sign with the Dodgers for next year, although likely at a lower salary than the $16 million he would have received if the team had exercised its option. During his nine seasons in Los Angeles, he has been a fan favorite and active in the community.

Turner hit .278 with 13 homers and 81 RBIs in 128 games after slumping early in the season. From the All-Star break on, he batted .340 before going 2-for-13 in the National League Division Series, where the Dodgers were eliminated.

Turner was named MVP of the 2017 National League Championship Series, earned All-Star honors in 2017 and 2021 and helped the Dodgers win the World Series during the 2020 pandemic-shortened season.

Earlier this month, Turner received the Roberto Clemente Award, which honors MLB players for their philanthropic efforts.

Trea Turner beat .298 in a team-high 160 games, with 100 RBIs, 21 home runs, 101 runs and 27 stolen bases. It was his third 100-plus run season and his first with 100-plus RBIs.

Anderson, 32, was 15-5 with a 2.57 ERA in 30 appearances, including 28 starts last season. He recorded 138 strikeouts and 34 walks. He finished the first half of the season with a 10-1 record and a 2.96 ERA.

The Dodgers had already declined 2023 options on infielder Hanser Alberto and right-hander Jimmy Nelson.

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