Justin Turner reportedly staying in AL East to remain massive Yankees agitator

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At least it won't be with the Boston Red Sox. At least it won't be while wearing those horrific yellow City Connect jerseys. But the New York Yankees aren't getting rid of Justin Turner just yet, as the veteran has reportedly found a new home.

After declining his player option earlier in the offseason, Turner is said to have agreed to a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays -- a team looking for answers after its offense lost its spark last season.

How does that affect the Yankees? Well, when Turner signed on with the Red Sox last offseason, we just knew he was going to eat our lunch. And he did exactly that during his lone season in Boston and somehow gave the Red Sox something to hang their hat on after a last-place finish in the division.

Turner hit a ridiculous .347 with a 1.071 OPS, 4 home runs and 14 RBI in 12 games against the Yankees, which was, without question, his best small sample size in excess of six games against any opponent. He also slammed a foul ball off John Sterling! Never forget.

Though his fit with the Blue Jays seems questionable right from the jump, Yankees fans know his offense will play regardless of his role.

Justin Turner signs with Yankees rival: Blue Jays add veteran on one-year contract

The lone silver lining here? The Jays are probably out of the running for Jorge Soler, who probably would've been the better fit. Also, Boston fans are worried about Turner victimizing them now. So that's fun.

Per reports, the Mets, Cubs and Blue Jays were also in the market for Turner, who probably made the right choice if he's looking for his best chance to make a playoff run. That's not saying much, though, because the Blue Jays famously do not make playoff runs in the present day. And it turns out their fans are talking to themselves about what's happening this morning.

Turner will join former Yankee Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the Jays' infield picture, more than likely, as a fallback utility option. IKF can play shortstop and third base, and experimented with some outfield last season. Turner, though he logged most of his reps at DH, got time at first, second and third base.

That should take care of the lost production when Whit Merrifield departed this offseason. Turner will annoy the Yankees without a doubt, but the Blue Jays are merely replacing departed stats rather than upgrading. We're fine with that.

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