The Los Angeles Dodgers continued the process of adding depth to their infield on Wednesday night, signing Justin Turner to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp.
Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reported the deal:
Source: Dodgers reached an agreement with infielder Justin Turner.
— timdierkes (@timdierkes) February 5, 2014
Jon Heyman of CBS passes along some of the particulars of the deal:
Justin Turner will make $1M plus incentives if he makes dodgers team. Milb deal w/camp invite. Solid, versatile player.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 6, 2014
Playing in 86 games for the New York Mets last season, Turner batted .280/.319/.385. Defensively he split his time up pretty evenly between second base (12 games), shortstop (18 games), and third base (23 games). He has enough pop at the plate to make his versatility worthwhile for a National League team, especially one with playoff aspirations such as the Dodgers.
He also brings some serious game in the beard department, as the Dodgers are apparently trying to beat everybody else in that area as well as everything else (with Brian Wilson their beard captain, of course).