Ranking 5 realistic options at third base for the Mets in 2024

Will Brett Baty still be the Mets' starting third baseman in 2024?
Will Brett Baty still be the Mets' starting third baseman in 2024? / Adam Hunger/GettyImages
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2) Justin Turner returns to the Mets for a platoon with Brett Baty

Turner hasn't played for the Mets since 2013, but in the time since he has made a career of being one of the best offensive third basemen in the game. Currently playing for the Red Sox, he's still raking at age 38.

With Rafael Devers locked in as the Red Sox third baseman, Turner has only played seven games at the hot corner this year, but he's plugged in wherever the Red Sox need him, whether that be at DH, second base, or first base. That kind of versatility is something any team could use.

It's worth noting that Turner has a $13.4 million player option for next year, but with the Red Sox just barely staying relevant in the playoff race, he may be looking for a fresh start elsewhere. The Mets would be a perfect fit. Turner has hit over .280 against both righties and lefties this year, with an OPS of over .900 against lefties.

Adding Turner would unlock all kinds of possibilities for the Mets. When Baty starts at third, Turner can DH or play at second. This could move Jeff McNeil to the outfield, opening spots for Ronny Mauricio or Mark Vientos in the lineup.

Evan Longoria is another veteran possibility to platoon with Baty, but Turner gets the nod because of his versatility and durability. Longoria has played in only 55 games for the Diamondbacks this year, and hasn't hit 100 games since 2019. Turner has played in 105 of a possible 113 games for the Red Sox, and outside of the shortened 2020 season, has played in over 100 games every year since 2014.