Sunday, January 6, 2013

Turner to the outfield

Photo by Michael Baron
All signs indicate that the Mets are going to try and sell Justin Turner as a corner outfielder.  The Mets went into the off-season joking about their own outfield and have done absolutely nothing about it.

Even if something has miraculously convinced them  that the players they have are starting quality major leaguers they are all left handed.

Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are all left handed batters.  The Mets have brought in Collin Cowgill and Andrew Brown but it's unclear how much they can contribute.

Jordanny Valdespin has already been converted to the outfield but he's also left handed.

So now that the free agent pool of right handed outfielders has dwindled to almost nothing it seems like Justin Turner will suddenly become an exciting option.  While Turner has never played a major league game in the outfield he has appeared in eight minor league games, four in left and four in right.

Offensively while Turner has produced a modest .254 BA and .324 OBP, he was amazingly clutch.  He hit .293 with RISP, man on 1st 2 outs .290 and man on third two outs .333.

The Mets are expected to try backup infielder Justin Turner in the outfield during spring training, while Quintanilla would compete with Justin Hicks for the backup middle-infield role. The 31-year old journeyman has 691 major-league at-bats, going back to his debut with the Rockies in 2005. source Daily News