Justin Turner declines participant possibility, will check free company

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Turner was third on the Crimson Sox in homers and second in RBIs in 2023.

Justin Turner won’t be returning to the Crimson Sox in 2024. (Photograph by Rob Carr/Getty Photographs)
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Justin Turner declined his participant possibility for 2024 and can turn out to be a free agent, the Crimson Sox introduced Friday.

Turner nonetheless has the choice to signal with Boston, however for now, he’ll check the market and assess his choices for subsequent season. Negotiating with Turner might turn out to be the primary process for newly-hired Crimson Sox chief baseball officer Craig Breslow.

The 2023 season didn’t present many optimistic developments for Boston. Turner’s regular presence offensively, although, was a welcome shock. The 38-year-old completed second on the staff in RBIs (96) and third in house runs (23). He did so whereas boasting the second highest batting common of all Crimson Sox (.279).

Turner can be helpful for Boston if he chooses to return in 2024. His dependability and worth as a frontrunner can be essential, particularly if the Crimson Sox area a younger roster subsequent season. A 15-year MLB veteran with as a lot upside as Turner confirmed in 2023 doesn’t come round usually.

On high of his offensive prowess, Turner stuffed spots within the infield when wanted. He proved he might be a strong first baseman if he can’t stay a chosen hitter for the Crimson Sox.

Nonetheless, the clock is ticking on Turner’s profession, and he could also be searching for one other World Collection earlier than hanging up his cleats. If that’s his mindset, leaving Boston will most likely enhance his probabilities.

Wherever Turner lands subsequent season, he exceeded expectations with the Crimson Sox. He additionally appears to have performed his means right into a pay increase, as he’ll possible command greater than the $6.7 million he was set to earn had he accepted his participant possibility in Boston.