The long-awaited Justin Turner return might be too temporary to consider
The majority of Mets moves this offseason should benefit the club beyond 2024. Signing Justin Turner fresh from a productive season with the Boston Red Sox is much more temporary. He's the kind of guy who might only have a year left in the tank. How interested are the Mets in adding players like him?
The upside of Turner is the addition of a still productive veteran bat with plenty of postseason experience. The downside is he's mostly a DH. He started 98 games last year for the Red Sox out of the designated hitter spot. Another 35 starts came at first base, 4 at second base, and 7 over at third base where he spent most of his career.
His bat was very much alive, tallying 31 doubles, 23 home runs, and driving in 96 all while slashing .276/.345/.455 in his age 38 season.
Turner last played for the Mets back in 2013 before becoming one of the organization’s most infamous non-tender candidates. He broke out the following year with the Los Angeles Dodgers and continued to get better. He finished in the top ten of the MVP vote twice while in Los Angeles.
Finding a suitable DH is something the Mets absolutely must do and Turner is someone they can look at. The downside is he doesn’t really play the field much anymore. How willing are the Mets to bring in yet another DH-exclusive player?
Put Turner somewhere in between Robertson and Lugo. It makes some sense yet it’s not a must move for the ball club.