MLB: Dodgers decline option on Justin Turner’s contract

The Los Angeles Dodgers declined the $16 million option on Justin Turner.

The team also announced Thursday that it has extended qualifying offers to shortstop Trey Turner and left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson.

For the second year in a row, Clayton Kershaw didn’t receive a qualifying offer, but no matter, he quickly inked a new one-year deal that would bring him back to Los Angeles for his 16th campaign.

Justin Turner would receive $2 million for his buyout. The 37-year-old third baseman could still sign a contract with the Dodgers, but probably for less than $16 million.

Turner has batted .278 with 13 homers and 81 RBI in 128 games this season. After the All-Star Game break, he batted .340 before allowing just two hits in 13 runs at home in the National Divisional Series, in which the Dodgers were eliminated.

Turner was named the National Championship Series Most Valuable Player in 2017 and was an All-Star selection in 2017 and 2021. He helped the Dodgers win the World Series in 2020.

Earlier in November, Turner received the Roberto Clemente Trophy, which honors Major League players for their philanthropic efforts.

Anderson posted a 15–5 record and 2.57 ERA in 30 appearances on the mound in 2022, including 28 starts. The 32-year-old pitcher struck out 138 opponents and walked 34.

The Dodgers had previously declined options for 2023 infielder Hanser Alberto and right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson.

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