Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/3/13
As Justin Turner heads into his first arbitration year, and with the Mets so desperate to change perceptions about the team and get them back on the path to relevancy, I was surprised to read this report from Andy Martino of the Daily News, which suggests the Mets are all but determined to bring him back to serve in the same role as he did this season. A Mets source said that the team projects Turner to make less than $1 million next year, which it does not see as an overpay for Turner’s production… team officials have been impressed by his maturation as a hitter, ability to take a professional at-bat off the bench, and presence in the dugout and clubhouse. Martino adds that the Mets admire how Turner always seems engaged in games, sometimes even talking strategy with Terry Collins when he isn’t playing. Behavior like that doesn’t win anyone a job, he writes, but when the team is making roster decisions, it doesn’t hurt, either. It’s so odd that for a team that is in need of so many...
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