Tender Or Non-Tender: Justin Turner

Maddie Meyer

Should the Mets bring back the pie-throwing utility man?

Last week, reports indicated that the Mets intend to tender a contract to arbitration-eligible Justin Turner. Per the estimates over at MLB Trade Rumors, Turner figures to make $800,000 in 2014 if tendered a contract.

The soon-to-be 29-year-old infielder has been with the Mets since the team claimed him off waivers from the Orioles in late May 2010. He spent most of that year in Triple-A, but he played almost exclusively in the big leagues from 2011 through 2013.

In 886 plate appearances over those three years, Turner has hit .267/.327/.371. That might not sound like much, but it's a line good enough for a 97 wRC+. If Turner were an everyday player, the bat wouldn't play, but in a reserve role, it's pretty good.

It's pretty clear where the Mets stand on tendering Turner for 2014. Perhaps they'd consider non-tendering or trading him down the road, but for now, he's probably locked up a spot on the team's next Opening Day roster.

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