Justin Turner is drawing interest from a number of teams and is expected to sign a new deal soon (Cotillo, Dec. 24).
The Mets non-tendered Turner in early December. He would have likely earned $800,000 next season through arbitration.
Turner’s propensity for not running hard irked the front office, a team official said (Rubin, Dec. 9).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
If what Rubin reported is correct, it’s hard to imagine Turner will be reacquired by the Mets. It’s an odd statement. I still don’t fully understand it, since I don’t ever recall Justin laying up on ground balls or not hustling. I had heard over the last year that the team had concerns about his ‘focus,’ with one person referring to him as being part of the ‘just happy-to-be-here crowd.’ I never took that to be a judgement of his on-field hustle, though.