The New York Mets are constantly trying to build a better team. One of the facts of life in major league baseball is that whenever a new player is added to the roster, another player must be moved off, whether it's part of a trade, sent to the minors, released or maybe even retire.
When most players leave a MLB team, they usually handle the change like a professional. It’s in their best interest not to burn any bridges that they may need to cross again someday. For a few, their leaving presents an opportunity to bad mouth their former team from the owner down to the ticket takers (I’m looking at you, Marcus Stroman).
On occasion, the opportunity presents itself for a player to be reunited with their former team and if they have left on good terms, are gladly welcomed back. For the Mets, this would be true of players such as Rusty Staub, Lee Mazzilli and even The Franchise Tom Seaver.
Today, there is an opportunity for a trio of former Mets players to make such a return and be reunited with their former team.
1) NY Mets reunion candidate: Justin Turner
Justin Turner was on the Mets from 2010 to 2013. His role with the team was that of a utility player. He hit .265 with 8 home runs during his time with the team. In 2014, he signed with the Dodgers as a free agent and his career suddenly took off. He has averaged 23 homers and 87 RBIs while hitting .296 in the middle of the Los Angeles batting order.
Recently the Dodgers declined his club option of $16 million making Turner an unrestricted free agent. He has said that he would be open to a return to the Mets. Turner's position today is third base and could also be considered as a right-handed designated hitter. However, his offensive skills have diminished a bit at age 38.
While it’s possible that Justin Turner and the Mets could come to some kind of mutual agreement on a contract for next season, chances are that this Southern California boy will be looking to stay closer to home. Put him in the maybe column.