ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin hears from a source that the Mets could shop utility infielder Justin Turner during spring training. A deal is far from a certainty, as the 28-year-old has an option remaining, but he could become expendable if the Mets prefer to carry Brandon Hicks and Omar Quintanilla and need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Turner is a .254/.324/.354 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors. He made starts at all four infield positions last season and is expected to get some reps in the outfield this spring.
Turner is still making the major league minimum, so he could be a useful bench piece somewhere, but it’s unlikely the Mets would be able to get much in return.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.