Mets non-tender Justin Turner and Jeremy Hefner

Posted: December 2, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Photo by Sports Illustrated

Photo by Sports Illustrated

The Mets finalize their busy day of non-tendering players by letting IF Justin Turner and SP Jeremy Hefner go. The Mets 40-man roster now sits at a much more comfortable 35.

Turner,29, had another strong year off the Mets bench but the fact that Terry Collins was hesitant to put Turner at shortstop likely led to his demise. Turner was the Mets best bench bat and a steady clubhouse presence so he will be missed. He was projected to make about 1 million.

Hefner also wasn’t even arbitration eligible but was due to make $500,000 next year without throwing a pitch. Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Hefner was not expected to pitch at all in 2014. Hefner had a stretch over the summer when he was the Mets #2 starter and we were talking about trading him away before the balloon popped. Well… it popped.

The Mets can bring back both players at lower salaries or in Hefner’s case on a non guaranteed deal. I believe Turner will go elsewhere. He was a very consistent player for the Mets and made the most of his opportunity. Turner was claimed off waivers from the Orioles by former Mets executive Wayne Krivski a few years back. Krivski drafted Turner when he was with the Orioles. Now with Krivski working with the Twins it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him land there given their infield issues.

Will the Mets miss Justin Turner or Jeremy Hefner???

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