The Mets claimed 25–year-old infielder Justin Turner off waivers from the Orioles, and designated him to Triple-A Buffalo.
He hit just .111 in 17 games the last two seasons in Baltimore, while playing second, short and third.
He had been batting .250 with nine extra base hits and 32 RBI in 23 minor leagues games this season.
“I know we have a lot of Turner fans out there, but I didn’t see him becoming the heir to Brian Roberts at second or ever becoming an everyday starting infielder- he just didn’t have the bat for it,” writes the Baltimore Sports Report. “It always stings to lose a potential complimentary piece however, and while he wasn’t getting many reps in Baltimore, it would have been good to have him around and try to work him into the mix down the line.”
In a post from December 2008 to MiLB.com, minor-league expert Jonathan Mayo described Turner as: “The kind of baseball rat that every winning team needs to have.”
He was drafted by the Reds in during the seventh round in 2006, when Wayne Krivsky was GM.
Krivsky is now a special assistant for the Mets.