Could Boston potentially add a beloved slugger to their roster for the upcoming 2024 season?
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In a predictable development, Justin Turner, the power hitter for the Boston Red Sox, has formally rejected his player option with the team for the upcoming 2024 season.
It was no surprise that this move happened.
According to the club, the Red Sox inked a two-year contract with Turner for a whopping sum exceeding $21 million in anticipation of the 2023 season. Nonetheless, the slugger had the option to continue his tenure for the 2024 season, but has chosen to pass on it.
According to the club, they have declined Corey Kluber’s 2024 club option, who is a right-handed pitcher for the Red Sox. Today, it was announced that Justin Turner has chosen to decline his player option for the year 2024.
Should Turner have chosen to participate in the deal, his earnings for the next season would have amounted to slightly over $13 million. Turner’s exceptional performance throughout the highly successful 2023 season solidified him as Boston’s top hitter. As a result, it is highly probable that he will secure a multi-year contract during this offseason, accompanied by a potential salary increase.
The destination for Turner remains uncertain, yet he has certainly made a lasting impact on the Red Sox. Consequently, there exists a potential for his return to the team next year through a fresh agreement. According to reports, Boston has shown interest in reuniting with Turner, and there also seems to be mutual interest from Turner’s side. After clubbing 23 home runs and driving in a career-high 96 runs, it would be logical to reintegrate him into the team. In order to bolster the lineup, Boston is in need of an additional right-handed batter, and Turner has proven to be a triumphant addition to the club.
The Red Sox may consider bringing Turner back, but they are unlikely to offer a contract longer than two years. When the 2024 campaign starts, he will have reached the age of 39. Should the Red Sox fail to acquire Los Angeles Angels’ superstar Shohei Ohtani, Turner could prove to be an excellent alternative to reintegrate into their team.
In the upcoming days, free agency is set to commence, unveiling Turner’s plans in the near future.