Mets Non-tender Turner, Hefner
Why would the Mets cut loose Hefner and Turner?
Personally, I’d take Turner and the sub-million-dollar contract he’ll earn in 2014 and plug him in as the starting second baseman, and cut loose Murphy and the nearly $6M he’ll likely earn through arbitration. But that’s me.
Of course, it’s not the end of the world to lose Turner, who is viewed by the Mets as a utilityman. I’m guessing they already have in place a deal for utility guy they think is better than Turner to take his place. Who — or Hu — I’m not sure, but it’s strange that they’d let go both Turner and Quintanilla without a plan in place. Maybe one of the two has already agreed to come back on a cheaper deal. If not, it’s really not a big deal. Considering all the holes the Mets have, they can’t be too concerned with dropping a couple of fringe bench players to open up spots on the 40-man roster for new ballplayers with more upside.
Which brings us to Hefner, who will miss most if not all of 2014 due to Tommy John surgery. Before going down with the elbow injury, Hefner was a pleasant surprise, seemingly “putting it all together” after many years in the minors / as a AAAA guy. But it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for Hefner to hog (see what I did there?) a precious 40-man roster spot this winter when he’s unable to pitch in 2014. I’m assuming that the Mets have spoken to Hefner and have a gentleman’s agreement to re-sign at some point in the near future, because, with the price of mediocre starting pitchers these days, and the relatively inexpensive cost of Hefner, it’s silly not to have him come back in 2015 to compete for a back-end rotation spot. Because the Mets do intend to field a team in 2015, yes? I haven’t heard anything about contraction …
By the way, Valdespin wasn’t even arbitration-eligible, so the Mets dropped him for no other reason than they’ve tired of his act; he’s essentially been outright released.
What’s your thought? Do you see any of these men returning to the Mets on lesser, perhaps minor-league, deals? Do you want any of them to return? Why or why not? Answer in the comments.