REMINDER: Mets Didn’t Want Justin Turner

After the 2013 season, the Mets made the decision to non-tender Justin Turner.  That is something important to remember with all the issues with David Wright, the failure that was the 2017 season, and with Turner joining Kirk Gibson as the only Dodger to hit a walk0ff postseason homer:

It’s incredible to think it’s 29 years to the day of Gibson’s dramatic Game 1 home run off Dennis Eckersley.  It’s also incredible to think the Mets had no use for Turner.

This is the point where everyone enters into some needless arguing.  The defenders of Sandy Alderson will say Turner hit .280/.319/.385 with a 0.8 WAR in 2013 right before the Mets decided to non-tender him.  The people upset with the move will point out how Turner worked with Marlon Byrd to help increase his launch angle.  It should be noted that in September 2013, Turner hit .357/.357/.571.

It also should be noted Turner was first time arbitration eligible and due approximately $1 million.  The Mets passed, and the Dodgers eventually gave it to him.  Turner emerged as the everyday third baseman, and the Dodgers have won four straight division titles.

Overall, the argument boils down to this:

  • Defenders point to past performance as justification
  • Critics point to Turner’s production

Put that all aside and really ask what is the job of the General Manager.  Is it for a General Manager to analyze past production to determine the future outlook of a player?  Or is it to analyze a player and pay him based upon what is a reasonable expectation of future production?

Before answering the question, here’s just one more to ponder – Was it worth $1 million to find out if Turner’s September production was indicative of future success?

Keep in mind the Mets decided to pay Omar Quintanilla $800k, Jose Valverde $1 million, and Ruben Tejada $1.1 million in 2014.

0 thoughts on “REMINDER: Mets Didn’t Want Justin Turner”

  1. Luis says:

    I always liked Turner- I thought he played hard and was pretty good in RBI situations, using RF to get runs home…Just think if Turner and Murph had stayed..17 would not have been a lot diff, but 2016 sure would have!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      2015 would have been as well

  2. Just For Men - Brassy Brown User says:

    These men are all customers of mine.
    Can you tell who does not use my product?

  3. Gothamist says:

    Hey, the Yankees are it and only the NYers w money can afford the high prices.
    Pricing power. These men who afforded these tickets in the photo are older and prefer dying their white hair.

  4. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Justin Turner did not pass the high character test of the Yankees either.
    Not easy to be wanted by the Yankees.
    Post Steroids..

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