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Dodgers dole out $21 million to Trea Turner, avoid arbitration

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The Los Angeles Dodgers enter the 2022 MLB season as one of the favorites to win the World Series once again. They are loaded seemingly all over the field. One of the big question marks was superstar shortstop, Trea Turner. He is set to become a free agent after this season. On Tuesday, some of the questions were answered. The Dodgers and Turner avoided arbitration by agreeing to a new deal, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

Turner agreed to a contract that will pay him $21 million in 2022.

Turner is coming off an outstanding season. He hit .328 with a .375 on-base percentage and a .536 slugging percentage. His numbers were actually even better once he was traded to Los Angeles last season. Turner showed off all the skills, hitting 28 home runs while stealing 32 bags. The Dodgers superstar shortstop finished fifth in the MVP race.

The Dodgers projected lineup looks more like an All-Star team. Mookie Betts, Turner, Freddie Freeman, Justin Turner, Max Muncy, Will Smith, Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger and A.J. Pollock is just ridiculous.

The biggest question remaining is will the Dodgers pitching hold up. Future Hall of Fame pitcher Max Scherzer left for the New York Mets in free agency. Los Angeles was able to bring Clayton Kershaw back, which was a big signing. The depth of the rotation is something that could catch up to Los Angeles though.

The future of Trevor Bauer with the Dodgers and in baseball is still unanswered and Andrew Heaney is slated to be the fifth starter after Bauer. It’s possible Los Angeles only has three reliable starters currently on the roster with Walker Buehler, Kershaw and Julio Urias.