3 Mets free agent targets they must not lose out on next

After losing Yoshinbobu Yamamoto, the Mets can't let these free agents go anywhere else.

Sep 8, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter Justin Turner (2) bunts
Sep 8, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter Justin Turner (2) bunts / Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets lost out on their white whale of the offseason as Yoshinobu Yamamoto signed a mega-deal to join Shohei Ohtani in Los Angeles. Yamamoto made perfect sense as a frontline starter who was not attached to the qualifying offer and is just 25 years old, but everything the Dodgers had to offer was clearly too much for Yamamoto to turn down.

While losing Yamamoto hurts in a big way, the offseason is far from over for the Mets. With Yamamoto out of the picture, it's time for David Stearns to get to work and start making some more meaningful additions to this team. So far they've added around the margins which is good, but we've yet to see any big signings.

These three players are all great fits on this Mets team for different reasons and would help them at least have a puncher's chance at landing a Wild Card spot in the loaded National League. The Mets cannot lose any of them.

1) Justin Turner

It's time to bring Justin Turner home. Forget the fact that the Mets gave up on him and he excelled with the Dodgers and Red Sox (especially against the Mets). Just focus on everything Turner can do to make this Mets team better. He's clearly a perfect fit.

First and foremost, this team needs a DH. At 39 years old, that's where Turner would primarily slot in just about every day at least to begin the season. That's where he played most of the time this past season with Boston, and that's where he'd make a large impact. He's obviously better than the likes of Mark Vientos and D.J. Stewart who'd be there if the season started tomorrow, and is certainly better than Daniel Vogelbach who was the Mets primary DH for most of this past season.

While Turner would be the primary DH, he can also help the Mets in the field if needed. Ronny Mauricio's injury means Brett Baty is more than likely going to be the Mets third baseman on Opening Day. The Mets giving Baty another chance to prove himself makes a lot of sense, but if he doesn't improve or if he misses time due to injury, having Turner who can step in at the hot corner would be a tremendous luxury. That's something they wouldn't have if they sign a player who cannot play the field at all.

Turner had an .800 OPS with Boston this past season, hitting 23 home runs and driving in 96 runs. He's still as clutch as they come, and can give Pete Alonso some of the protection he's been lacking for so long.