2) Justin Turner
The Justin Turner reunion with the Mets would have been a nice tribute to go alongside the hiring of David Stearns as a way of subtly sticking it to the Wilpon Era. Turner had a pretty awesome year last season with the Boston Red Sox. Now mostly a first baseman and DH, he’s less of a fit to rejoin the Mets because of the lack of positional versatility.
Mets fans suffered through a year and a half of Daniel Vogelbach being on the roster without ever playing an inning in the field. Understandably, if he had played the field, there would have been a different kind of suffering, too.
Turner’s bat could help the Mets for sure. The problem is they’d be adding another guy who doesn’t do much else. Surely, he can play third base if needed. However, do the Mets even need someone else at that position? Why not one of the many outfielders a little more tied to playing at least half of the season in the field for the DH role?
If the Mets did sign Turner, it’s not worth throwing a chair. He’d be a very good placeholder. The problem is his presence might limit day-to-day lineups. There’d be less of a chance of seeing Francisco Alvarez play a little more because the DH spot is blocked. Exactly when would Mark Vientos even get his shot?