Mets rumors: New York willing to listen on Justin Turner

The New York Mets expect to experience a roster crunch by the end of the spring, and as a result they’re willing to listen offers on infielder Justin Turner, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Initially it appeared that Turner was a lock for the Mets’ Opening Day roster. However, that may no longer be the case, as there is significant competition for reserve infielders and at other positions.

New York could elect to go with Brandon Hicks and Omar Quintanilla as its infielders over Turner. It could also trim its position player bench in order to facilitate carrying multiple veteran relievers, including Pedro Feliciano, Scott Atchison and LaTroy Hawkins.

Whatever the case, it appears that the Mets are preparing for the potential of not needing Turner. If that were the case, they would gauge interest in the infielder to perhaps trade him at the end of spring.

Turner has mostly manned second base during his time in the majors, hitting .254/.324/.354 over parts of four seasons.

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