Red Sox Sign Former Dodgers All-Star Turner to 1-Year Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox on Friday signed infielder Justin Turner to a one-year contract, adding a player they hope can help offset the loss of All-Star infielder Xander Bogaerts to free agency.

Left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez was picked to make room on the 40-man list.

The addition of Turner, 38, follows Boston agreeing to an 11-year deal worth $331 million Raphael Devers to stay with the Red Sox, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Turner went free after the Los Angeles Dodgers declined their $16 million option on him. Turner was named 2017 National League Championship Series MVP, received All-Star honors in 2017 and 2021, and helped the Dodgers win the World Series during the 2020 season shortened by the pandemic.

He hit .278 with 13 home runs and 81 RBIs in 128 games after slumping early in the season. From the All-Star break, he batted .340 before going for 13 in NL Division Series 2, where the Dodgers were eliminated.

During his nine seasons in Los Angeles, he was a fan favorite and active in the community. In November, he received the Roberto Clemente Award, which honors MLB players for their philanthropic efforts.

Bogaerts completed a $280 million, 11-year contract with San Diego last month.

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