Mets expected to shop Justin Turner, but not clear he’ll be moved

Justin Turner 1 polaroidThe Mets are expected to shop Justin Turner this spring, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Rubin says the Mets are looking to create more roster flexibility for their non-roster relief pitchers in camp, and could look to give both Brandon Hicks and Omar Quintanilla an opportunity to make the team out of camp.

But, Rubin says it’s far from a given Turner will be traded, and could very well be on the Opening Day roster.

For Baron's take on Turner and the 40-man roster, click here...

Michael Baron, Contributor

Turner is an interesting case. He can play all four infield positions, he could see occasional time in the outfield, and makes good contact with the bat, especially to the opposite field. He’s not an everyday player and doesn’t have much power, but he’s a good option to come off the bench or play every couple of days. He’s also right-handed, and the Mets are struggling to maintain a lefty-righty balance as it is. All of that might make him one of the better bench guys the Mets have at the moment.

As for the 40-man roster, the Mets have very little flexibility at their disposal right now thanks to them being forced to place a lot of minor leaguers on it to protect them from Rule 5 draft selection. That’s not necessarily bad – they have a lot of promising talent on the 40-man roster, but in most cases, they simply aren’t ready for the Major Leagues yet. Rubin mentioned Reese Havens as a possibility to be cut from the 40-man roster – while that would be an end to a disappointing situation, it could give the Mets more room to work with.