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Justin Turner signs 1-year, $5.1 million deal, avoids arbitration

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner avoided salary arbitration on Friday, signing a one-year deal with the team for 2016, the club announced.

Turner's one-year deal is worth $5.1 million per Jon Heyman.

Turner hit .294/.370/.491 in his second season with the Dodgers in 2015, setting career highs in home runs (16), RBI (60), runs scored (55) and games played (126).

Signed to a minor league contract before the 2014 season, Turner has proven to be one of the most productive non-roster invitees in Dodgers history, hitting .314/.384/.492 with 23 home runs and 47 doubles in 235 games in Los Angeles. Among the 302 major league hitters with at least 500 plate appearances in 2014-2015 combined, Turner ranks 14th in wOBA (.381) and 11th in wRC+ (148).

In previewing Turner's arbitration case I guessed a $5.6 million salary for 2016, while MLB Trade Rumors projected a salary of $5.3 million. Turner made $2.5 million in 2015.

With five years, 45 days of major league service time, Turner has one year remaining before qualifying for free agency.