New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson has gone to great efforts in trying to rebuild the team’s bullpen this year, adding a number of players, including the likes of Aaron Laffey, LaTroy Hawkins, and Pedro Feliciano among others to a large group of pitchers who will be competing for a spot on the roster in Spring Training.
Whether that will eventually yield an effective bullpen (that is so far headlined by Bobby Parnell and little else) remains to be seen, but the influx of newcomers might end up putting the team in a bit of a logistical situation:
Adam Rubin has toned things down a bit to suggest that that the team will listen to offers for second baseman Justin Turner instead of actively shopping him, but the idea that the team will be quickly looking a a crunch on the 40-man roster is still an interesting one to consider.
That they have so many relievers on minor-league deals means that the Mets will get quite a good look at several MLB- caliber arms, but if enough of them pan out, the team will have some serious decisions to make as to who is expendable. Turner could be a likely target because the team also has backup infielders in Brandon Hicks and Zach Lutz, and may also want to carry Omar Quintanilla, who the team also signed to a minor-league contract in January.
According to Rubin, dealing Turner would allow Lutz to “slip onto the roster as that corner infielder and alleviate the need to open a 40 spot.”
Despite his multi-position flexibility, the 28-year old doesn’t field well enough to be an every day starter, and will need to be platooned with a lefty coming off the bench as a backup. He’s certainly useful enough in that role to warrant not being dumped for a roster space, but could the Mets get anything useful in a minor league peace for him? It seems doubtful.