Justin Turner, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Games: 29 (As of 6/23)
Yet another major mistake by the Mets. On December 2, 2013, Justin Turner received a call from Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. It was not the call he was expecting. Alderson informed Turner that he will be let go and the Mets will not tender him a contract in 2014.
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Following a productive 2013 season as a utility player, Turner was rocked by the unexpected release from the Mets. It was those pesky Los Angeles Dodgers that became the beneficiaries of this legendary Mets gaffe.
Turner has certainly found his place in Los Angeles. He has proved to be a valuable middle of the order hitter for the Dodgers. After signing a four-year/$64 million deal with the Dodgers following the 2016 season, Turner became an all-star for the first time in his career during the 2017 season.
Turner said something interesting recently on WFAN:
"‘”The Mets Released Me Because They Thought I Didn’t Hustle”"
He then went on to say how this put a chip on his shoulder and how he tries every day to prove his doubters wrong.
This season, he is finally starting to get back into the swing of things following a serious wrist injury that sidelined him for the first 45 games of the 2018 season.
Releasing Turner was a colossal mistake, and arguably the biggest Alderson-era blunder.