Up next in our 2016 Dodgers profiles is projected starting third baseman Justin Turner.
Turner in 10 words or less
One of the best non-roster invitees in Dodgers history.
Will Turner be ready for opening day?
The Dodgers are playing things cautiously with Turner after he had microfracture surgery on his left knee, and even holding him out of the first week or so of Cactus League games. But Turner is still able to participate in workouts, both running and fielding, and he has been hitting in batting practice along with everyone else, with no restrictions.
Getting Turner at-bats during the early part of spring will not be difficult, with the back fields providing the space for simulated games or extra BP. He remains a likely candidate to be ready come opening day.
If Turner is in fact ready to start at third base on April 4 in San Diego, he would be the Dodgers' eighth different opening day starting third baseman in 12 years since Adrian Beltre left.
"We're going to keep him over there at third base, where he's comfortable."
-Dave Roberts, on the plan for Turner to remain at one position in 2016 after four straight years of Turner playing all four infield spots.
One number130 There have only been 15 seasons in Dodgers history of a player achieving at least a 130 OPS+ and playing at least 50 games at third base. Turner has done so in each of the last two years, joining Ron Cey (five times) and Pedro Guerrero as the only ones to do it more than once.
Was twice named to the College World Series All-Tournament at Cal State Fullerton, once as a shortstop as a freshman than again as a second baseman in his senior year in 2006.
Turner will make $5.1 million in 2016, and is eligible for free agency after the season.
|2016 projections: Age 31 season|
I think Turner has established a solid baseline of power, and if he is fully healthy he should put up numbers like his last two years. Let's say .285/.372/.490 with 21 home runs.
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