According to Mike Puma of the NewYork Post, the Mets have been talking with Justin Turner’s representatives about a potential reunion. Turner, a Met from 2010-2013, achieved far greater success after leaving Queens, specifically in his nine years as a member of the Dodgers. Turner played for the Red Sox in 2023, putting up 2.1 bWAR mostly as a designated hitter, but also logging time at first base, second base, and third base.
The Mets initially decided that they had enough internal options at third base for 2024 between Brett Baty, Mark Vientos, and Ronny Mauricio. However, after Mauricio’s ACL tear, the Mets had been rumored to be interested in a ‘Justin Turner type’ who could play some third base and take a bulk of the DH plate appearances. What is a better Justin Turner type than Justin Turner?
Turner, who was not shy about his displeasure with being designated for assignment by the Mets after the 2013 season, is still a fairly durable player, having appeared in 146 games last season at age 38. Turner’s slash line of .276/.345/.455 was slightly down from his career norms, but 23 home runs and a 114 OPS+ will still play. MLB Trade Rumors estimates his prospective contract at one-year, $16 million.
The move makes a lot of sense of the Mets and would be a nice way for Turner to re-write the end of his time with the Mets, if he has any interest in such a thing.