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Report: The Rockies remain interested in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner

Jan 20, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

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The Rockies’ efforts to acquire Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox fizzled rather quickly, but they aren’t ready to throw in the towel on their search for another option at second base.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “remain strongly interested” in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner. This isn’t the first time Turner has been linked to the Rockies, as Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported last month that he was being mentioned as part of a potential deal that would bring speedster Eric Young, Jr. to New York.

Turner, who was claimed off waivers from the Orioles in May of 2010, batted .260/.334/.356 with four home runs, 51 RBI, seven stolen bases and a .690 OPS with the Mets last season while making 71 starts at second base and 31 at the hot corner. He currently projects as a backup at both positions for the Mets in 2012, which is probably how he’s best utilized in the long-term. As of now, Chris Nelson, D.J. LeMahieu and Jonathan Herrera figure to compete for the Rockies’ second base job during spring training.

  1. cool10857 - Jan 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    The Mets suck.

  2. bleed4philly - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    This guy has chase utley type upside, if they can get him in a hitter’s park, his career could take off.

  3. hushbrother - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Gonna make a prediction that the Rockies lose 100 games this year.

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