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Justin Turner could be a fit for the Twins

Dec 22, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN is reporting that the Twins have checked in on free agent utilityman Justin Turner. Turner was non-tendered by the Mets on December 3, allowing him to enter free agency.

Since becoming a regular contributor to the Mets in 2011, Turner has hit at about the league average, contributing his penchant for hitting doubles and an ability to play multiple positions. Over his career, he has spent 816.1 defensive innings at second base, 498.2 defensive innings at third base, 188.2 defensive innings at shortstop, and 158.2 defensive innings at first base.

While the Twins’ starting infield is more or less set, Turner would make a lot of sense for them as a depth addition.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Dec 22, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    The Twins have a glaring need for gingers.

    • dluxxx - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      They’ve had that need since Bobby Kielty left.

  2. nymets4ever - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    I think JT became a fan favorite in his time here. There will always be those who ridicule his pie-throwing antics, his overexposure when given too much playing time, even his choice of walk-up music, but all those quirks made him a beloved character in the dugout and clubhouse.

    On the field, despite his limited talent, he always seemed to put tough, gritty at-bats whenever called upon, often resulting in big hits or rally-extending walks. He was never a great defender, but nonetheless did a credible job basically all over the diamond.

    I wish him well unless he signs with a division rival.

    • 1981titan - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      How many major leaguers are willing to take that game winning hit by pitch for a team?

  3. TBaySlim - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    typical twins-dumpster diving again, what was there payroll last year 24th out of 32 teams, geez they would have been better off in staying in the dome—-excuses the twins come up with are lame, always signing broken down old has been or never was players…

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