‘Information to me’: Justin Turner downplays influence of commerce deadline rumor, says he’s ‘beloved each second’ with Crimson Sox

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The Miami Marlins reportedly believed they have been near a deal to amass Turner.

Justin Turner was the middle of a commerce rumor that grew to become public following the deadline. (AP Photograph/Lindsey Wasson)

Justin Turner is pleased to nonetheless be with the Crimson Sox following the commerce deadline, even when a commerce involving him might need virtually occurred.

The Crimson Sox’ infielder and designated hitter was shocked to study of the report that the Miami Marlins believed they have been near buying him.

“Information to me,” Turner mentioned Friday, through The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier. “I don’t know anybody on this room knew the place we stood, what we have been going to do [as a deadline buyer or seller].”

Boston had ‘intensive talks’ with Miami forward of Tuesday’s deadline earlier than a possible deal fell via, main the Marlins to amass Josh Bell and Jake Burger as a substitute, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Levi Weaver reported. Although it was reported that Turner wouldn’t be moved a number of days previous to the deadline by WEEI’s Rob Bradford, the Crimson Sox’ resolution to take heed to gives was put by The Athletic as “the best way fashionable entrance workplaces function, gauging values of gamers, setting a bar for a return and customarily appearing if a possible commerce associate exceeds that customary.”

Turner was only one of some Crimson Sox veterans rumored to probably be traded previous to Tuesday, which he admitted induced a little bit of uneasiness. Nevertheless, Turner sensed some happiness inside the Crimson Sox’ clubhouse that the staff is sticking collectively as they’re 57-52 following Friday’s loss to the Blue Jays.

“It was a teeter-totter of emotion: ‘Are we going to get someone? However I hope we hold everyone,’ ” Turner mentioned. “When the commerce deadline handed and everybody stayed, there was positively a sigh of reduction. Perhaps there’s some frustration we didn’t add anyone, however there’s some pleasure that we stored the blokes who might’ve been dealt.”

Now, the Crimson Sox will attempt to push for a playoff spot after holding their staff collectively on the deadline. They’re three video games again of a playoff spot getting into Saturday.

However past that, Turner’s future in Boston is unclear. The 38-year-old has a $13.4 million participant possibility for the 2024 season that might flip right into a $6.7 million buyout if he opts out.

As Turner mentioned, “I’ve beloved each second” of his time in Boston to date, he hasn’t given a lot thought to what he’ll do with that possibility.

“I’m not likely frightened about no matter occurs within the offseason,” Turner mentioned. “I’m frightened about being right here, being a part of the Crimson Sox proper now. That’s all I actually care about.”

Turner could possibly be in-line for one more stable payday this offseason along with his efficiency on the plate this 12 months. He’s hitting .286 with a .837 OPS to associate with 17 homers and 71 RBIs. He’s additionally improved in every month he’s been with the Crimson Sox, seeing his batting common, OPS, and RBIs improve every month.

As well as, Turner has been seen as a crucial presence within the Crimson Sox’ clubhouse. He was the Crimson Sox’ recipient of the 2023 Coronary heart and Hustle Award and was acknowledged for his achievement previous to Friday’s Crimson Sox sport. The award is voted on by the Main League Baseball Gamers Alumni Affiliation and is given to the participant who demonstrates “a ardour for the sport of baseball and greatest embody the values, spirit and traditions of the sport.”

“It’s an honor,” Turner instructed NESN’s Tom Caron. “Clearly, coming over right here in my first 12 months with a brand new group and making an attempt to make a very good impression. I’ve mentioned it many occasions, you don’t simply present up and get respect. You’ve received to earn it.

“So, I really feel like I’m doing my greatest to make everybody within the Metropolis of Boston proud, with the [jersey No.] 2 on my again representing RemDog (Jerry Remy) as effectively.”

Turner hasn’t performed within the first few video games of August, lacking time as he offers with a left heel contusion.