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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 34)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
2 .000 0 0 0 0 134 0.0
Birth Date11-23-1984
Height5' 11"
Weight202 lbs
Age34 years, 11 months, 28 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
3.22015
3.22016
4.42017
5.12018
0.02019
proj
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2009 BAL 24 12 22 3 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 .167 .318 .167 80 -0.5 1.1 -0.1 0.1
2010 BAL 25 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 76 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2010 NYN 25 4 9 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .125 .222 .250 76 -0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0
2011 NYN 26 117 487 113 30 0 4 39 59 10 7 2 .260 .334 .356 94 -3.0 0.9 -1.2 1.1
2012 NYN 27 94 185 46 13 1 2 9 24 4 1 1 .269 .319 .392 96 -0.8 0.7 -2.5 0.2
2013 NYN 28 86 214 56 13 1 2 11 34 1 0 1 .280 .319 .385 91 -1.7 0.3 -3.2 0.1
2014 LAN 29 109 322 98 21 1 7 28 58 4 6 1 .340 .404 .493 130 10.5 1.0 2.1 2.5
2015 LAN 30 126 439 113 26 1 16 36 71 13 5 2 .294 .370 .491 130 16.7 1.2 -0.7 3.2
2016 LAN 31 151 622 153 34 3 27 48 107 10 4 1 .275 .339 .493 122 17.6 -1.7 -4.8 3.2
2017 LAN 32 130 543 147 32 0 21 59 56 19 7 1 .322 .415 .530 149 34.6 -3.2 -5.5 4.4
2018 LAN 33 103 426 114 31 1 14 47 54 12 2 1 .312 .406 .518 146 24.9 0.3 11.1 5.1
2019 LAN 34 135 549 139 24 0 27 51 88 14 2 0 .290 .372 .509 134 26.7 -1.3 2.2 4.5
Career107238279832258120333557873410.292.367.470125124.6-0.7-2.624.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2006 BIL Rk PIO 60 263 .278 .362 .413 .385 108 13.9 7.1 -0.4 128 0 2.3 1.5 2.7 1.3
2007 DYT A MDW 117 516 .258 .326 .376 .352 96 22.7 15.2 -0.8 139 0 1.2 3.1 21.7 4.0
2007 SAR A+ FSL 6 21 .244 .319 .365 .222 104 -3.8 1.0 -0.1 46 0 -0.2 0.3 -1.8 -0.1
2008 SAR A+ FSL 33 151 .259 .326 .377 .368 101 1 4.4 -0.5 130 0 -1.1 0.9 2.5 0.6
2008 CHT AA SOU 78 323 .262 .343 .403 .330 106 4.2 9.6 -0.5 112 0 -10.3 2.2 1.0 0.2
2009 BAL MLB AL 12 22 .265 .337 .433 .200 110 -1.2 0.6 0 80 12 -0.1 1.1 -0.5 0.1
2009 NOR AAA INT 108 441 .267 .334 .403 .324 105 -0.3 12.7 0.4 113 0 1.2 1.9 6.6 2.2
2010 BAL MLB AL 5 9 .236 .300 .359 .000 97 -2.4 0.2 0 76 9 -0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2010 NYN MLB NL 4 9 .247 .324 .391 .125 88 -0.7 0.2 0 76 9 0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2010 BUF AAA INT 78 348 .269 .335 .422 .348 104 16.5 10.6 1 136 0 -5.0 -0.5 18.0 2.3
2010 NOR AAA INT 23 95 .254 .319 .393 .282 102 -1.9 2.9 -0.2 133 0 3.7 -0.3 16.4 2.1
2011 NYN MLB NL 117 487 .251 .313 .388 .292 96 -1.6 13.1 0.1 94 9 -1.2 0.9 -3.0 1.1
2011 BUF AAA INT 10 44 .261 .326 .404 .353 87 2.1 1.4 0 107 0 0.0 0.8 0.4 0.2
2012 NYN MLB NL 94 185 .248 .310 .392 .301 95 2.5 5.1 -0.2 96 12 -2.5 0.7 -0.8 0.2
2012 BUF AAA INT 2 8 .247 .310 .399 .250 105 -1.4 0.2 0 76 0 0.1 -0.6 -0.2 0.0
2012 ESC Wnt DWL 21 87 .000 .000 .000 .215 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NYN MLB NL 86 214 .249 .307 .387 .327 97 0.1 5.6 0.1 91 13 -3.2 0.3 -1.7 0.1
2013 BRO A- NYP 3 12 .225 .301 .338 .429 86 1 0.3 0.1 113 0 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.0
2013 SLU A+ FSL 1 1 .250 .300 .375 .000 96 -0.3 0.0 0 73 0 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 BIN AA EAS 4 17 .265 .330 .392 .462 98 0.8 0.5 0.1 146 0 -0.3 0.4 0.4 0.1
2013 MTS Rk GCL 1 5 .212 .286 .289 .000 105 -0.8 0.2 -0.1 48 0 0.0 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2014 LAN MLB NL 109 322 .255 .314 .391 .404 97 22.9 8.3 0.9 130 11 2.1 1.0 10.5 2.5
2014 RCU A+ CAL 2 7 .293 .326 .467 .200 91 0.5 0.2 -0.1 129 0 -0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0
2015 LAN MLB NL 126 439 .259 .319 .413 .321 91 27.9 11.8 1 130 10 -0.7 1.2 16.7 3.2
2016 LAN MLB NL 151 622 .254 .320 .413 .293 90 33 17.6 2.2 122 7 -4.8 -1.7 17.6 3.2
2017 LAN MLB NL 130 543 .258 .326 .428 .326 93 48.6 15.9 1.6 149 8 -5.5 -3.2 34.6 4.4
2017 RCU A+ CAL 1 3 .274 .320 .421 .333 108 0 0.1 0 92 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018 LAN MLB NL 103 426 .246 .316 .406 .334 98 30.8 11.9 1.2 146 9 11.1 0.3 24.9 5.1
2018 RCU A+ CAL 2 7 .253 .297 .419 .000 116 -1.2 0.2 0 49 0 0.0 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2019 LAN MLB NL 135 549 .252 .322 .437 .304 97 30.8 16.6 1.9 134 10 2.2 -1.3 26.7 4.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2006 BIL Rk PIO 263 231 53 78 16 3 6 118 41 23 38 12 2 .338 .414 .511 .173 0 0
2007 SAR A+ FSL 21 20 2 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 2 0 0 .200 .238 .200 .000 0 0
2007 DYT A MDW 516 466 70 145 25 4 10 208 59 39 72 12 8 .311 .375 .446 .135 0 0
2008 SAR A+ FSL 151 136 23 43 8 1 0 53 11 12 19 3 1 .316 .384 .390 .074 0 0
2008 CHT AA SOU 323 280 45 81 14 1 8 121 42 33 54 2 1 .289 .363 .432 .143 3 3
2009 BAL MLB AL 22 18 2 3 0 0 0 3 3 4 3 0 0 .167 .318 .167 .000 0 0
2009 NOR AAA INT 441 387 54 116 28 0 2 150 43 34 37 9 4 .300 .365 .388 .088 4 4
2010 NYN MLB NL 9 8 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 .125 .222 .250 .125 0 0
2010 BUF AAA INT 348 312 58 104 22 1 11 161 35 24 38 5 3 .333 .387 .516 .183 4 4
2010 NOR AAA INT 95 84 11 21 8 0 1 32 8 9 13 2 0 .250 .319 .381 .131 1 1
2010 BAL MLB AL 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2011 NYN MLB NL 487 435 49 113 30 0 4 155 51 39 59 7 2 .260 .334 .356 .097 1 2
2011 BUF AAA INT 44 40 6 12 3 2 0 19 2 2 6 0 0 .300 .364 .475 .175 0 0
2012 NYN MLB NL 185 171 20 46 13 1 2 67 19 9 24 1 1 .269 .319 .392 .123 1 0
2012 BUF AAA INT 8 8 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 0 0
2012 ESC Wnt DWL 87 80 10 15 5 0 1 23 13 5 15 0 0 .188 .241 .288 .100 1 0
2013 MTS Rk GCL 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .000 0 0
2013 BRO A- NYP 12 10 2 3 1 0 0 4 0 2 3 0 0 .300 .417 .400 .100 0 0
2013 BIN AA EAS 17 15 5 6 2 0 0 8 1 1 2 0 0 .400 .471 .533 .133 0 0
2013 NYN MLB NL 214 200 12 56 13 1 2 77 16 11 34 0 1 .280 .319 .385 .105 1 1
2013 SLU A+ FSL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2014 RCU A+ CAL 7 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 .200 .429 .200 .000 0
2014 LAN MLB NL 322 288 46 98 21 1 7 142 43 28 58 6 1 .340 .404 .493 .153 2
2015 LAN MLB NL 439 385 55 113 26 1 16 189 60 36 71 5 2 .294 .370 .491 .197 4 1
2016 LAN MLB NL 622 556 79 153 34 3 27 274 90 48 107 4 1 .275 .339 .493 .218 8 0
2017 RCU A+ CAL 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 0 0
2017 LAN MLB NL 543 457 72 147 32 0 21 242 71 59 56 7 1 .322 .415 .530 .208 7 1
2018 RCU A+ CAL 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000 .000 0 0
2018 LAN MLB NL 426 365 62 114 31 1 14 189 52 47 54 2 1 .312 .406 .518 .205 2 0
2019 LAN MLB NL 549 479 80 139 24 0 27 244 67 51 88 2 0 .290 .372 .509 .219 5 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2009 87 0.5057 0.3448 0.9000 0.5909 0.0930 0.9231 0.7500 0.1000 0.0018
2010 69 0.5362 0.5072 0.9143 0.5946 0.4063 1.0000 0.7692 0.0857 0.0007
2011 1833 0.5308 0.4408 0.8663 0.6043 0.2558 0.9048 0.7636 0.1337 0.0043
2012 745 0.5342 0.4577 0.8798 0.6558 0.2305 0.9195 0.7500 0.1202 0.0105
2013 879 0.5233 0.4835 0.8518 0.6500 0.3007 0.9097 0.7143 0.1482 0.0031
2014 1313 0.5156 0.4562 0.8314 0.6174 0.2846 0.8708 0.7403 0.1686 -0.0070
2015 1708 0.4889 0.4625 0.8215 0.6719 0.2623 0.8574 0.7336 0.1785 -0.0015
2016 2454 0.4874 0.4438 0.8154 0.6413 0.2560 0.8449 0.7453 0.1846 0.0000
2017 2002 0.4685 0.4371 0.8434 0.6578 0.2425 0.8849 0.7442 0.1566 0.0000
2018 1733 0.5228 0.4334 0.8682 0.6159 0.2334 0.9050 0.7617 0.1318 0.0000
2019 2132 0.4887 0.4531 0.8292 0.6564 0.2587 0.8889 0.6844 0.1708 0.0000
Career149550.50190.44860.84190.64030.25630.88320.73740.15810.0005

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-29 2014-07-18 15-DL 19 14 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-06-14 2014-06-15 DTD 1 1 - Lower Leg Tightness Calf -
2013-09-11 2013-09-25 DTD 14 14 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-07-27 2013-07-28 DTD 1 1 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2013-06-17 2013-07-22 15-DL 35 30 - Trunk Strain Intercostal - -
2013-04-01 2013-04-04 DTD 3 2 Left Lower Leg Recovery From Strain Calf - -
2013-03-28 2013-04-01 Camp 4 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2012-05-28 2012-06-16 15-DL 19 17 Right Ankle Sprain - -
2011-09-10 2011-09-11 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Gastrointestinal GI - -
2011-08-12 2011-08-12 DTD 0 0 - Hip Soreness Hip Flexor - -
2011-06-25 2011-06-25 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Soreness -
2011-06-14 2011-06-16 DTD 2 2 Right Thumb Soreness -
2011-03-09 2011-03-11 Camp 2 0 Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2010-03-05 2010-03-10 Camp 5 0 Left Foot Contusion -
2009-06-09 2009-06-26 Minors 17 0 Right Wrist Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 LAN $20,000,000
2019 LAN $19,000,000
2018 LAN $12,000,000
2017 LAN $13,000,000
2016 LAN $5,100,000
2015 LAN $2,500,000
2014 LAN $1,000,000
2013 NYN $504,547
2012 NYN $491,209
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$34,595,756
2019Current$19,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$53,595,756
1 yrFuture$20,000,000
9 yrTotal$73,595,756

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 45 dGEM Agency4 years/$64M (2017-21)

Details
  • 4 years/$64M (2017-21). Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 12/23/16. $4M signing bonus. 17:$12M, 18:$11M, 19:$18M, 20:$19M. Assignment bonus: $1M if traded.
  • 1 year/$5.1M (2016). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration). LA Dodgers made $17.2M qualifying offer 11/7/16 (rejected).
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2015). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1M (2014). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/5/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors, $0.12M in minors. Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 200, 275 plate appearances. $50,000 each for 300, 325, 350, 375 PA. $75,000 each for 400, 425, 450 PA. Contract selected by LA Dodgers 3/16/14.
  • 1 year/$504,547 (2013). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/3/13. Non-tendered by NY Mets 12/2/13.
  • 1 year/$491,209 (2012). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/9/10. Claimed by NY Mets off waivers 5/25/10 after being DFA by Baltimore 5/21/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Baltimore 9/8/09.
  • Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Cincinnati 12/9/08.
  • Drafted by Cincinnati 2006 (7-204) (Cal State Fullerton). $50,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 44 13 3 0 2 5 6 0 0 .342 .432 .579 150 4.2 3B 0 0.0
80o 30 8 2 0 1 3 4 0 0 .308 .400 .500 145 2.5 3B 0 0.0
70o 19 5 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 .294 .400 .529 141 1.5 3B 0 0.0
60o 10 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .333 .400 .444 137 0.7 3B 0 0.0
50o 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 134 0.1 3B 0 0.0
Weighted Mean300000000.000.000.0001340.23B 00.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20203554674135341166953803.285.371.4631323.834.7-1.6-3.914.026.20.7
20213651367123311146348791.275.361.4461242.926.0-1.6-3.913.218.30.7
20223751167123301156347800.276.360.4491232.825.4-1.7-4.013.117.90.7
20233846259107281125443730.266.351.4291162.017.9-1.5-3.711.911.30.6
20243943655103261115137710.269.348.4311161.816.4-1.4-3.611.210.20.6
2025404015194231114734640.266.347.4291151.614.4-1.3-3.510.38.80.5
202641341438020193930550.265.346.4211121.211.0-1.1-3.08.86.40.5
202742303387017173426500.262.344.4151101.08.7-1.0-2.87.84.70.4
202843276346316163024460.258.341.4061070.86.7-0.9-2.67.13.10.4

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1 88 George Brett 1987 138
2 87 Aramis Ramirez 2012 128
3 84 Chipper Jones 2006 150
4 83 Wade Boggs 1992 107
5 83 Scott Rolen 2009 116
6 82 David Wright 2017 0 DNP
7 82 Stan Hack 1944 95
8 81 Chase Utley 2013 122
9 81 Robinson Cano 2017 108
10 81 Mike Lowell 2008 114
11 80 Charlie Gehringer 1937 151
12 79 Lefty O'Doul 1931 119
13 79 Kevin Youkilis 2013 86
14 79 Luis Gonzalez 2002 136
15 79 Todd Helton 2008 113
16 79 Adrian Beltre 2013 149
17 78 Ben Zobrist 2015 119
18 78 Brian Giles 2005 133
19 78 Rocky Colavito 1968 125
20 78 Hideki Matsui 2008 107
21 77 Sid Gordon 1952 142
22 77 Vladimir Guerrero 2009 102
23 77 Ted Kluszewski 1959 87
24 77 Mark Teixeira 2014 104
25 77 Gary Sheffield 2003 161
26 77 Magglio Ordonez 2008 123
27 77 Dixie Walker 1945 115
28 77 Carl Yastrzemski 1974 140
29 76 Frank McCormick 1945 116
30 76 Tris Speaker 1922 155
31 76 Minnie Minoso 1960 121
32 76 Billy Williams 1972 178
33 76 Adrian Gonzalez 2016 106
34 76 Barry Larkin 1998 125
35 76 Al Kaline 1969 122
36 76 Carlos Lee 2010 98
37 75 Eddie Murray 1990 153
38 75 Edgar Martinez 1997 158
39 75 Carlos Beltran 2011 139
40 75 Rod Carew 1980 125
41 75 Carlos Guillen 2010 94
42 75 Zack Wheat 1922 115
43 75 Riggs Stephenson 1932 122
44 75 Paul Waner 1937 127
45 75 Joe Harris 1925 123
46 75 Rico Carty 1974 100
47 75 Rickey Henderson 1993 152
48 75 Paul Konerko 2010 154
49 75 Aubrey Huff 2011 93
50 75 John Olerud 2003 109
51 74 Sal Bando 1978 129
52 74 Kent Hrbek 1994 103
53 74 Stan Spence 1949 96
54 74 Melvin Mora 2006 96
55 74 Ryan Klesko 2005 109
56 74 Toby Harrah 1983 112
57 74 Ken Boyer 1965 106
58 74 Edwin Encarnacion 2017 142
59 74 Bill Dickey 1941 104
60 74 Albert Pujols 2014 130
61 74 Brian Downing 1985 127
62 74 Yogi Berra 1959 114
63 74 Enos Slaughter 1950 104
64 74 Albert Belle 2001 0 DNP
65 74 Bill Madlock 1985 104
66 74 Frank Thomas 2002 125
67 74 Matt Holliday 2014 128
68 74 Del Pratt 1922 121
69 73 Andre Ethier 2016 86
70 73 Rafael Palmeiro 1999 159
71 73 Hanley Ramirez 2018 93
72 73 Rusty Staub 1978 114
73 73 Miguel Tejada 2008 86
74 73 Norm Cash 1969 121
75 73 Hal McRae 1980 126
76 73 Ken Caminiti 1997 133
77 73 Justin Morneau 2015 103
78 73 Buddy Bell 1986 118
79 73 Monte Irvin 1953 139
80 73 Brooks Robinson 1971 119
81 73 Sam Rice 1924 109
82 73 Edd Roush 1927 90
83 73 Keith Hernandez 1988 105
84 73 Moises Alou 2001 138
85 73 Goose Goslin 1935 98
86 72 Brian Roberts 2012 77
87 72 Shane Victorino 2015 82
88 72 Bernie Williams 2003 114
89 72 J.D. Drew 2010 113
90 72 Augie Galan 1946 138
91 72 Frankie Frisch 1932 94
92 72 Robin Yount 1990 109
93 72 David Justice 2000 135
94 72 Paul Molitor 1991 139
95 72 Eddie Mathews 1966 103
96 72 Joe Morgan 1978 110
97 72 Joey Votto 2018 124
98 72 Shin-Soo Choo 2017 105
99 72 Mike Sweeney 2008 102
100 72 Don Money 1981 84

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 The fly-ball revolution was definitely televised, if only to a certain percentage of Southern California homes with a certain cable subscription. For those fortunate few, however, it was a real treat to watch the ginger Animal doppelgänger at the heart of the Dodgers' powerful lineup put on a fireworks display above Chavez Ravine every night. And talk about a revolutionary effort: Turner dramatically altered his approach, ultimately taking more walks than he suffered strikeouts. He nearly put up more extra-base hits than whiffs, too, as he continued a now four-year trend of driving a whole bunch more balls in the air. The glove gets mixed reviews from assorted defensive metrics, but given the evolution of the bat into an elite asset, LA has to be feeling cautiously optimistic about the three years remaining on his deal, even as he wades further into over-30 waters.
2017 Having missed significant time in each of the last two seasons, it was expected that Turner would miss more in 2016, following offseason microfracture surgery. Instead, he produced his greatest season (by WARP) to date on the back of a career-high in games played. While there was a slight decline in his level of play, most of that came via a slow start, as he slashed .247/.330/.325 in April, but recorded an .861 OPS the rest of the way. Coming off a walk-year performance that kicked it into overdrive, it's difficult to imagine a balanced Dodgers lineup without Turner it. Now that the former Titan and seventh-round pick has gotten his big payday, we'll finally learn the answer to the age-old question: who got the hooch?
2016 The age of #lolMets may be behind us, but Turner has produced 8.4 WARP for the Dodgers since New York decided to non-tender him after 2013. Baseball's Tormund Giantsbane was outstanding once again in 2015, hitting new career highs in homers, ISO, plate appearances and facial hair. He primarily manned the hot corner, but also filled in at first and second and even made a brief cameo at short. Despite his atypical career, Turner has done enough over the past three years to prove that his bat is real, and he can be used either as a solid starter or one of the best utilitymen in the game. The only real concern here is his knee. No, not because of the infected ingrown hair that cost Turner a midseason DL stint, but the microfracture surgery he required after the season ended. He survived Hardhome, though, so this shouldn't sideline him for long.
2015 The Mets have done a lot of questionable things over the last few years (decades), but non-tendering Turner after 2013 takes the red velvet cake. The Dodgers signed him for a million bucks and it paid off by ... well, you can read the stats above. Really, take a minute. Turner filled in for Juan Uribe when the third baseman was injured then, over the next three months (52 games, 31 starts), teamed with Scott Van Slyke to form the majors' best bench. He won't hit like 2014 again, wrote The Obvious Prognosticator, but that doesn't mean he's not a useful, valuable utilityman who hits more than many teams get from their middle-infield starters. And even if he decides to completely fall off the map with his bat, he'll still be the life of the clubhouse clinch party: Turner brought a mason jar of Blackberry Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine to the Dodgers' celebration after claiming the NL West crown in late September. If it sounds horrifying, that's because it is.
2014 If Justin Turner didn't already feel like God is watching over him, then witnessing the Metsí sheer number of poor-fielding infield prospects would have converted him by now. They kept booting it around the infield, and Turner ended up as comfortable in his role as any utilityman in the league. Lo and behold, Turner has established enough of an offensive track record that he's never a total disaster when a starter pulls a hammy. Heíll never, everónot everóbe more than what he is now, but his defensive versatility retains a bit of value. He even made a one-inning cameo in left field, which felt like something his agent thought he should have on his resumť heading into free agency.
2013 A list of Turner's virtues as a utilityman: He makes the league minimum; he's halfway decent with the bat; he's perfectly willing to give any position the ol' college try; and he used Carly Rae Jepsen's smash hit "Call Me Maybe" as his walkup music. A list of Turner's deficiencies: Nobody makes the minimum forever; halfway decent isn't all-the-way decent; the "college try" isn't worth much in the big leagues because the pitchers are a hell of a lot tougher than they were at Fullerton; and "Call Me Maybe" is ... well, there's not actually anything bad to say about "Call Me Maybe." As with Lutz, a team with low expectations should not be overly concerned about doing better than Turner on the bench.
2012 The revolving door at second base for the Mets in 2011 finally stopped in late May with Turner, who held onto the job simply by being not awful. He's one of those college second baseman who played a big role at a big program (Cal State Fullerton) and is loved by teams for his grit and energy and love of the game and all that jazz. Those are wonderful qualities, but they can only get you so far, and Turner is low on tools. You're already looking at his upside, which means the Mets should already be looking for his replacement.
2011 Turner barely spent any time in the majors with either the Orioles or the Mets, who grabbed him on waivers from the former club, but improved on his boring 2009 campaign at Norfolk with a combined .316/.374/.478 line at Triple-A. He isn't the most adept fielder, but the little guy can hit well enough to hold down a spot at second. He's something of a right-handed version of Daniel Murphy, with a contact-oriented bat more geared to singles and doubles than walks and home runs. Turner gives the Mets another entrant in their second base derby after Murphy and Brad Emaus. Failing that, he could be the Jeff Keppinger-style utility player the Mets failed to exploit back when they had the actual Jeff Keppinger.
2010 Turner was one of three players (with the unlamented Ryan Freel and Brandon Waring) that the Orioles got from the Reds for Ramon Hernandez. Turner doesn't profile as more than a utility player in the majors, and even in that role he's scraping replacement level. His only plus skill is hitting for average; his only other pluses come in the non-skill categories of attitude and willingness to play wherever he's needed. He does have a pronounced platoon split, so perhaps he can carve out a role for himself as a kind of modern-day Garth Iorg, spelling Josh Bell against left-handers.

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